Then the moment of silence to honor the life of legendary coach Pat Burns was broken by one Bell Centre fan who simply couldn’t take it anymore.
"Way to go Burnsie!" the fan yelled, putting an end to a brief, yet poignant pregame video homage to Burns put together by the Canadiens following his death Friday after a long battle with cancer.
With the usual strong contingent of Leafs fans in the building, the video presentation, done to the soundtrack of the Beatles' "In My Life," had moments that pleased everyone in the house.
Beginning with Burns' time in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Hull Olympiques, the video weaved its way through the coach’s NHL career in Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey, culminating with a series of still photos and a final shot of Burns kissing the Stanley Cup after winning it for the only time in his career with the Devils in 2003.
Then the Canadiens flashed two massive images of Burns on the ice, with the logos of each of his four teams underneath him, and allowed the fans to applaud his memory.
Funeral services for Burns will be held at 2:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 29, at Cathédrale Marie-Reine-du-Monde in Montreal.
The Burns’ family will receive condolences beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, the Burns’ family asks that donations be made in Pat Burns’ memory to Maison Aube-Lumiére, 220, Rue Kennedy Nord, Sherbrooke, Que. J1E 2E7.