The Ottawa Senators played the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, but for the majority of the team their thoughts were no doubt hundreds of miles away in Owen Sound, Ontario.
Chris Neil left the Senators on Tuesday, faced with dealing with the loss of his mother. Neil's Mom was killed in a single car vehicle accident north of Toronto. As can be imagined Neil was devastated by the news, as were his team mates when informed of the death at the morning skate.
With Neil flying off to Ontario, the Senators dedicated their game Tuesday night in support of Neil, with Neil's best friend on the Sens Mike Fisher, having a particularly inspired game.
The Sens won over Carolina 5-3, but there was no realy sense of victory on Tuesday, just respect and concern for a friend going through one of life's toughest moments.
The HockeyNation extends its sympathies to Neil and his family.