When Michael Cammalleri scored his second goal of the game to tie it 2-2 in the second period of the Montreal Canadiens' 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, it was followed by a television timeout.
Bell Centre public address announcer Michel Lacroix announced that Cammalleri scored his 11th of the post-season and the sellout crowd of 21,273 erupted into an ovation that is at least comparable to other memorable ones this building has seen in recent years - Saku Koivu's dramatic return from cancer being the most vivid of them.
Lacroix, seeing how the crowd's reaction was building, remained silent. He didn't announce that Andrei Kostitsyn and Roman Hamrlik drew assists on the play.
He didn't say another word.
He simply waited in silence, allowing the ovation to build and build until it was on overflow mode by the time the commercial break had ended and the legions of fans watching at home were given the opportunity to witness this special scene.
During the second intermission, Lacroix was walking up to the press lounge to grab something to drink and he was asked if that little pause was planned.
"No," Lacroix said. "But it was worth it."
"The ultimate test was when he was pulled; he did not start Game 4 against Washington. Even me, to be honest with you, I'd be rattled. I don't know if I could have bounced back for Game 5." - Patrick Roy on OTR, on Jaroslav Halak
A man goes into a bar and tells the bartender, "I'll have an Ovechkin". Bartender asks, "What's an Ovechkin?".
The mans says, "A White Russian, no ice, no cup".
Scott Gomez on the Canadiens' goaltending after the Capitals Alexander Ovechkin thought Jaroslav Halak was shaking in Game Two:
"Jaro got us here and [Carey] Price got us here," Gomez said. "He's the one who's been answering the bell and he's the reason we're standing here talking to you guys right now. He's a professional; he's been in huge games for his country."
Someone asked if he'd offer some words of encouragement before Monday's Game 3 and Gomez said he didn't think it would help, as he really has no idea what goalies do anyway.
"I don't know anything about goaltending, I don't know if anyone else does," he said. "So, I don't know if I can go up and talk to him. I guess in knee hockey I was pretty good at goaltending.
"I think that's why they have a goaltending coach. Especially goaltenders, they're different all around. They're weirdoes anyway, so I don't think I can make any sense to him anyway. You'd have to have some set of nuts to go up to the goaltender and tell him what you think at this level, that he should be doing [something] different, especially in the playoffs."