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WWE legend Shawn Michaels cheers Penguins at Game 5

Former professional wrestler checks out Pittsburgh's 'HBK' line, meets Mario Lemieux

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

Shawn Michaels talks Penguins

TBL@PIT, Gm5: Shawn Michaels on hockey, 'HBK line'

ECF, Gm5: Former wrestler Shawn Michaels, known as 'The Heartbreak Kid', talks about learning the game of hockey and the Penguins' 'HBK line'

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The long-awaited arrival of "The Heartbreak Kid" to Pittsburgh is here.

Former professional wrestler and newfound Pittsburgh Penguins fan Shawn Michaels touched down in "The Burgh" before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final between the Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday and wasted no time immersing himself in the culture.

He decided to test out the sandwich named after him at Primanti Bros. with former Steelers defensive lineman Brett Keisel, who reserved a seat for Michaels at Consol Energy Center.

Tweet from @ShawnMichaels: @bkeisel99 & I tackling the #HBKSandwich !! #ImFull #HBKLine https://t.co/RhgSLswqTj pic.twitter.com/A0kMcSXqkk

Before puck drop, the Penguins made Michaels feel right at home with his own "HBK" jersey with the No. 156 on the back, the numbers of Carl Hagelin (62), Nick Bonino (13) and Phil Kessel (81) combined.

Tweet from @penguins: Suit up for Game 5. Let's Go Pens! pic.twitter.com/KzMgTyXcFE

Both hall of famers in their respective fields, Michaels also met with Penguins co-owner/chairman Mario Lemieux prior to Game 5.

Tweet from @ShawnMichaels: Anybody feel like hanging out with a legend???? I do!!!! https://t.co/WoW2zfPcOC pic.twitter.com/EC5JbdxfvQ

Game 5 may have been the main event Sunday, but Michaels reminded everyone who the showstopper is by pumping up the home crowd.

Tweet from @penguins: GOAL! HORNQVIST! The #Pens lead 2-0 with 18:30 left in the 2nd period. #PARTYHARD pic.twitter.com/1R7aHpDQMx

Michaels was honored with a video tribute during the first television timeout Sunday, which also featured highlights of the "HBK line."

Watch: Shawn Michaels on scoreboard after 'HBK line' tribute video

Unfortunately it was all heartbreak in the end for Michaels and the Penguins, who were unable to hold two separate leads before losing 4-3 in overtime. 

Tweet from @ShawnMichaels: I know it wasn't a victory Pittsburgh but I can't thank you enough for the unbelievably gracious hospitality tha... https://t.co/rpDXZz4vfD

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