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Ducks, fans surprise Eaves at first game since Guillain-Barre diagnosis

Supporters, players don faux beards, present forward with get-well card before game vs. Coyotes @NHLdotcom

Patrick Eaves attended his first NHL game in more than two months Sunday, and Anaheim Ducks fans went above and beyond in welcoming him back.

Ducks players and fans each donned fake beards, and surprised the forward with an oversized get-well card in his recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: In early November, we asked you to send your well wishes and good luck messages to @Patrick_Eaves on special banners around @HondaCenter.On New Year's Eve, we delivered them to him - with a surprise twist. #LetsGoDucks

Eaves played in the Ducks first two games this season, but they announced he was diagnosed with the disorder, where the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system, Oct. 23. The Ducks invited fans to sign the banner at home games in November and December and delivered it to him before their game against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday.

Eaves made sure to prominently display the card at his house.

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