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Blackhawks welcome back fans to United Center with emotional video

It was 426 days between home games in Chicago, so the team put together a tribute

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey fans returned to United Center on Sunday, and the Chicago Blackhawks welcomed them back in dramatic fashion.

The team shared an emotional montage video that chronicled the past 426 days ahead of their first game with fans since last March.

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Welcome home, #Blackhawks fans! pic.twitter.com/d56D60u0ad

Chicago fans were the last of the NHL's 24 United States-based teams allowed to attend a live hockey game, and about 5,000 fans crossed through the turnstiles for the Blackhawks game against the Dallas Stars. 

The montage video covered the nearly 14 months of Blackhawks hockey since fans were allowed inside their home arena, where 26 home games were played. Chicago scored 85 goals and its goalies made 821 saves, the video stated.

Alex DeBrincat, who scored his 30th goal during the first period Sunday, could sense the difference from having fans in the building.

"It was awesome," DeBrincat told NBC Sports Chicago during the first intermission. "It gives us chills. We've been waiting all year for this. It's nice to have some fans back in the building cheering us on. This is an exciting game for us."

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