Jean-Gabriel Pageau, a rookie who played only nine regular-season games, scored three goals to spark the Ottawa offence as the Senators defeated the Canadiens 6-1 Sunday night at Scotiabank Place in a game which was marred by 217 penalty minutes and nine game misconducts. The victory gave Ottawa a 2-1 edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final.

The nemesis strikes: Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson opened the scoring when he beat Carey Price at 5:58 of the first period while the Canadiens were enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage. Alfredsson scored on the rebound after Price stopped Sergei Gonchar’s shot from the blueline. Alfredsson has 105 points in 89 regular-season games against the Canadiens.

Specialized play: Rene Bourque scored the Canadiens’ only goal when used a toe drag to fool Craig Anderson for a power-play goal at 14:34 of the first period. Anderson got a piece of the puck but it dribbled through him and crossed the line. The Canadiens went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Senators were 3-for-8.

Paying the price: Pageau lost a tooth when he caught a high stick from P.K. Subban at 4:40 of the second period but he came away smiling on the play because, after racing past Andrei Markov, he beat Price with a shot to the blocker side to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. It was a good omen for the Senators because each of the first three games has been won by the team which needed dental work after the game.