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Penguins’ tribute moves Marc-Andre Fleury to tears

Jonathan Bombulie

Penguins fans welcomed popular goalie Marc-Andre Fleury back to Pittsburgh with a rousing ovation that brought a tear to the goaltender’s eyes Tuesday night.

Fleury was playing his first game at PPG Paints Arena since being claimed by Vegas in the NHL expansion draft in June.

The crowd roared as the team played a tribute on the center-ice video board about seven minutes into the first period.

Afterwards, Fleury raised his stick to the crowd, tapped his heart with his catching glove and clapped with his goalie stick before retreating to his crease.

As the ovation continued until the puck dropped to continue play about a minute later, Fleury removed his glove and wiped his eyes.

Fleury is the franchise’s all-time leader in most statistical goaltending categories, including 691 games played and 375 victories in 13 seasons with the team. He won the Stanley Cup three times.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.


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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Carl Hagelin in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury takes a moment after his highlight video was played during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Carl Hagelin in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury takes a moment after his highlight video was played during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins' defenseman Ian Cole beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for a goal in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Dominik Simon fights to get past the Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins celebrate Ryan Reaves' goal against the Golden Knights in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Bryan Rust in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights Deryk Engelland takes out the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Jake Guentzel in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Dominik Simon celebrates with Ian Cole after Cole's goal against the Golden Knights int the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Bryan Rust jumps over the shot of Jake Guentzel that beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goaltender Matt Murray makes a save again the Golden Knights in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skates around in the second period against the Penguins Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel celebrates his goal against Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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A fan holds up a sign for Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the game winning goal in the third period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins' Sidney Crosby watches as Jake Guentzel's shot beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin on a break away in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Carl Hagelin in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury takes a moment after his highlight video was played during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury acknowledges the crowd after his highlight video was play during the first break in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury during the National Anthem Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins' defenseman Ian Cole beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for a goal in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Dominik Simon fights to get past the Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins celebrate Ryan Reaves' goal against the Golden Knights in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Bryan Rust in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights Deryk Engelland takes out the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save on the Penguins' Jake Guentzel in the first period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Dominik Simon celebrates with Ian Cole after Cole's goal against the Golden Knights int the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Bryan Rust jumps over the shot of Jake Guentzel that beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins goaltender Matt Murray makes a save again the Golden Knights in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skates around in the second period against the Penguins Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel celebrates his goal against Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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A fan holds up a sign for Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Penguins' Phil Kessel beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the game winning goal in the third period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Penguins' Sidney Crosby watches as Jake Guentzel's shot beats Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin on a break away in the second period Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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