As the puck went through the net with 44 seconds left in overtime, Jaromir Jagr's right glove came off for his patented salute. It's been his trademark since his current teammates were skating around peewee hockey rinks.
The old man at the end of his career helped point out the unifying factor among every individual in the NHL.
While there are discrepancies in pay grade, talent level and strategic philosophy, the bond that every player shares is the fact that some day, inevitably, the game will come to pass them by.
For some, that day will come sooner than it will for others.
In the case of Philadelphia Flyers 40-year old forward, that day is just over the horizon.
Riding off the momentum a two-goal game against the Penguins on Saturday, Jagr found the back of the net in overtime to cap off a come-from-behind win against the Winnipeg Jets, 5-4. The win prevented a series sweep from the Jets for the season.
Jagr's opportunistic goal wouldn't have come if it weren't for the timeliest of Wayne Simmonds' 22 goals this season. With goalie Ilya Bryzgalov pulled, James van Riemsdyk set up Simmonds with a pass pass in front of the net that number 17 tapped through Ondrej Pavelic's legs to tie the game, 4-4, with under 10 seconds left in the game.
It has been two different types of February for the Flyers heroes on Tuesday.
The Winnipeg Jets and Philadelphia Flyers met for the third time this season on Tuesday night and Bryan Little would be the deciding shooter in the shoot-out to give the Jets the extra point in a tight Eastern Conference match up.