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Sunday’s Best: No outshining that ovation

Marc-Andre Fleury’s homecoming was expected to be different.

Marc-Andre Fleury flicks tears from his eyes during his emotional homecoming. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury‘s homecoming was expected to be different. Sure, Matt Cullen got a great ovation, Chris Kunitz the same. Last year, Jaromir Jagr had a great reception, albeit a decade or so too late.

Fleury, though. It was just known it would be different. Fleury was part the start of the rebuild. This was supposed to still be his home. He won three Stanley Cup rings with the Penguins, a pretty successful rebuild, I’d say. Tears would be expected and accepted.

People in the crowd would cry. Fleury would cry. Heck, I thought I might cry behind my camera. One thing is for sure, though: The emotion did get the best of the Golden Knights’ goaltender as he made his way back to Pittsburgh. Fleury was brought to tears during the lengthy ovation. And, as seen above, he rid his eyes of tears by flicking them away from his face.

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There was, of course, a hockey game to be played around the ovation, so let’s take a look at what was a really entertaining game overshadowed by the Flower’s return:

Marc-Andre Fleury lets out a deep breath as his eyes wander during the national anthem. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury raises a stick to the visitor’s side of the ice at PPG. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd during his ovation. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Fans remain standing, cheering for Marc-Andre Fleury, forcing a delay of play after the first commercial break. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Marc-Andre Fleury shuts down a Jake Guentzel breakaway chance. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Carl Hagelin slaps the puck down ice to kill a penalty. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Reilly Smith stands over Justin Schultz after dumping him by the Vegas bench. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Former Penguin David Perron fights for the puck with Kris Letang. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Matt Murray is beaten by former Penguin James Neal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Matt Murray pounces on a loose puck after a breakaway save on William Karlsson. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

James Neal questions a call as Malcolm Subban shoots him some side-eye. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Ryan Reaves gathers fist bumps along the Penguins’ bench after opening scoring. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Matt Murray tackling better than the Eagles or the Patriots did. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Ian Cole drops to a knee to block a shot while shorthanded. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jake Guentzel caps off the three-goal second period with more fist bumps. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Phil Kessel watches Evgeni Malkin’s shot fly into the back of the net. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Evgeni Malkin appeals to the crowd as they cheer his goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby nearly snipes number 400 against his good friend. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Evgeni Malkin feeds Phil Kessel for a tap-in. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Carl Hagelin is robbed by the glove hand of Marc-Andre Fleury. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS