Ah, the NHL playoffs -- where normalcy is nowhere to be found.
When there is so much on the line, when the intensity is ramped up, all predictability is thrown out the window.
The annual showdown brings out the best -- and sometimes worst -- in players, coaches and managers.
Especially when a camera or recorder is in the room.
With the 2014 NHL playoffs right around the corner, we thought there was no better time than now to look back on some of the best quotes from post-season's past:
In hindsight, it's amazing six-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Messier is perhaps best known for his words, and subsequent actions, in an Eastern Conference final.
The former New York Rangers captain, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 of the 1994 Cup Finals, offered a historic quote before Game 6 of the Eastern final versus the New Jersey Devils.
"We will win tonight," Messier told reporters with the Rangers down 3-2 in the series.
His words would be splashed on the front pages of newspapers across the city.
On cue, Messier erupted for a natural hat trick in the third period of Game 6 to give New York a 4-2 victory and force a Game 7.
The Rangers would eventually win that series before downing the Vancouver Canucks in the Finals.
I CAN'T HEAR YOU
Speak up Jeremy Roenick, St. Patrick can’t hear you.
Arguably one of the best soundclips in sports history came from one of the most outspoken athletes of all-time, Patrick Roy.
Roenick, then with the Chicago Blackhawks, and Roy, a member of the Colorado Avalanche, engaged in a war of words during the 1996 Western Conference semifinal.
Through the media, the rivals traded barbs about a couple early-series battles. It was all fun and games until Roy, a four-time Stanley Cup champ, offered a memorable shut-up-J.R. zinger.
"I can't really hear what Jeremy says because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings clogging my ears."
Brian Burke has been the centre of attention at a number of press conferences.
While defending his Vancouver Canucks after a rough-and-tumble playoff game against the Detroit Red Wings in 2002, Burke offered maybe his finest work.
Burke, the Canucks GM at the time, sounded off on the officials during a post-game media briefing.
Most notably, he took a shot at the Wings for being overly aggressive towards his two star players, Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
“Sedin is not English for ‘punch me or headlock me in a scrum,’” Burke said with conviction, before adding, “Our goalie has large pads and a cage. He is clearly distinguishable from the rest of our players. And again, he is the one goalie on the ice that doesn’t dive when he gets brushed.”
Considering he also authored the infamous “sloppy seconds” quote, nobody should be surprised Sean Avery cracked this list.
His token post-season burn was directed at his mortal enemy, Martin Brodeur, amid the 2008 playoffs.
In an interview with MSG, Avery expressed his distaste for Brodeur and, more specifically, the goaltender's decision to purposely avoid the pest in a post-series handshake line.
The Rangers disposed of the Devils in five games and Avery’s Game 3 screening antics – now referred to as 'The Avery Rule' -- didn’t sit well with Brodeur.
"Everyone talks about how classy – unclassy – I am. And Fatso there just forgot to shake my hand, I guess, so…”
‘HAVE ANOTHER DONUT!’
Way back in 1988, Jim Schoenfeld gave the world a coach-referee altercation for the ages.
Fired up because his New Jersey Devils had dropped a 6-1 decision to the Boston Bruins in the Wales Conference Finals, the fiery coach approached respected official Don Koharski in the hallway.
The argument heated up quickly and Koharski fell. He accused Schoenfeld of pushing him, which led to a few weight-related insults being flung Koharski's way.
“Good, ‘cause ya fell, ya fat pig!” Schoenfeld yelled across the hallway at the ref. “Have another doughnut! Have another doughnut!”
The fallout wasn’t pretty.
The referees’ association protested the NHL’s choice to not fine or suspend Schoenfeld for his post-Game 3 shenanigans. Replacement refs were called in to work Game 4.
Of all the quotes Roberto Luongo has blessed us with, whether it be via Twitter or during an interview, he may have made the most noise in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
After dealing with backlash for a comment Luongo made about counterpart Tim Thomas’ playing style, the Vancouver Canucks netminder defended himself in classic fashion.
“I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started,” the now-Florida Panther said. “I haven’t heard any one nice thing he’s had to say about me, so that’s the way it is.”
Thomas responded with sharp sarcasm.
“I guess I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires. I guess I have to apologize for that,” the then-Boston Bruins goalie said.
Ironically, the pair became teammates in January when Luongo was traded to the Panthers. However, Florida flipped Thomas to the Dallas Stars shortly thereafter, effectively ruining a potentially great soundbite duo.