As someone who has skated in each of the 26 playoff games hosted at Scotiabank Place, Daniel Alfredsson has heard how much of a ruckus Senators fans can make.
But never has he heard them louder than they were Saturday night.
"It was a big lift," Alfredsson said yesterday of the support the team received from the 20,500 on hand for the first Stanley Cup final game in Ottawa since 1927. "It's the loudest I've seen this place.
"We were sitting in the dressing room, before the warmup, and we could hear them chanting. They were definitely giving us a lot of energy."
Ray Emery realized it was going to be a special night even before he arrived at the rink.
"It was crazy," he said. "There was traffic coming to the game ... people were already here, going crazy, partying.
"I mean, you could just feel the energy coming out. We were getting ready and you could hear the crowd chanting already. There were probably, whatever, 14,000 people for the warmup or something like that.
"It was just awesome to play in a game like that."
More of the same is expected for tonight's Game 4 as the Senators attempt to even the final before it shifts back to Southern California.
A Senators win tonight guarantees a Game 6 at The Bank next Saturday.
That one would be the 100th playoff game in the team's modern-day history.