With the words to O Canada still coming out of Lyndon Slewidge's mouth, the over-sized Canadian flag being passed around the first level, the roar started.
Go Sens Go. Go Sens Go. Go Sens Go.
Craig Anderson did what Craig Anderson does. Stop pucks. The chants rang out. And rang out. Andy, Andy, Andy.
They called their captain's name, maybe someday soon they'll name a street after him.
There were first-period goals by Milan Michalek, the old, and Kyle Turris, the young. Young and old, it's a mix that's blending together so well in this dressing room.
The Senators make mistakes, costly ones -- two in the first two minutes of Wednesday's second period. Sometimes Anderson can't bail them out. But we live with the mistakes, knowing what the future holds.
The love affair is strong. It's been a season that won't be defined by Wednesday's game or Sunday's game ... or really any one other game.