Bryan Bickell made his last shot count, and everyone heard it.
The Carolina Hurricanes forward, who announced his retirement effective after Sunday's season finale after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, seized the opportunity to make an unforgettable memory when he was selected as the first player to participate in the shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bickell, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, charged down the ice and shot a rocket off the inside of the right post behind Flyers goalie Anthony Stolarz, which deflected up and into the twine on the top left side. It was his first career shootout goal and it helped the Hurricanes to a 4-3 victory.
"It does feel good when you think about it. It was special. First time I lifted the Cup was in Philly. To end it here was nice," Bickell said. "Kind of think of all the memories and all the support and people that helped, it's really a moment that rushes in at once. I'm just happy to have them support me, believe in me and let me do what I love."
The sound rang through the arena and a smiling Bickell was mobbed by his cheering teammates on his way back to the bench.
"That's the way its supposed to go, right?" Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "He's got a great shot. This guy can shoot a puck. He went in and does what he does."