Game 1, Round 1: Sens fan Adam Wilson put his razor away for what he hoped would be a long time.
"Every season I grow a playoff beard to support the team," Wilson said yesterday. "(But) this year, when things weren't going so well I shaved the beard."
It was the morning after the Sens second straight loss to the Buffalo Sabres -- on Monday on home ice -- that Wilson slowly shaved the scruffy beard he'd so proudly been growing since Day 1 of the playoffs.
But he had to keep something -- so a thick "porn-star moustache" now graces his upper lip.
"Something had to be done to switch things up. I needed to support my team, so I've gone as ugly as humanly possible," the 29-year-old admits.
Superstition isn't new for Wilson. The manager of the Glebe's Royal Oak had a plastic Patrick Lalime doll propped up on the bar until the fateful night that the then-Sens goalie let in four Maple Leafs goals during a Game 7 loss in 2004.
He took the doll down, stuck pins in it and made a mock "voodoo doll" to jinx the goalie in his future years.
"And since then he's done horribly," Wilson said yesterday.
The Glebe native has been a Sens fan since the team was re-established in 1992. He's been to every home playoff game during the past four seasons.
Tonight, Wilson will be at Scotiabank Place -- wearing his moustache and his Sens sweater.
"I hope they'll come back," he said before pausing. "No, I think they'll come back."