It was during the flight that Koivu began to feel some stomach discomfort. It did not diminish, and in fact, persisted that night.
Montreal would go on to win the game 4-3 and accomplish what Koivu set out to do by locking up a playoff spot that night. Koivu would later score ten points in 12 playoff games as the Canadiens advanced to the second round of the playoffs after upsetting the rival Bruins in six games.
Here is the full extended ovation Koivu received on his return to the ice in Montreal on this day in 2002.