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Pittsburgh welcomes Fleury back with emotional tribute video

Goalie who helped Penguins win three championships returns with Golden Knights

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Fleury honored in return

VGK@PIT: Pens salute Fleury in return to Pittsburgh

The Penguins celebrate Marc-Andre Fleury, the Pens' all-time winningest goalie, in his return to Pittsburgh, as he receives a standing ovation

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Pittsburgh sure showed love for the guy they call "Flower."

Marc-Andre Fleury made his long-awaited return to the Steel City on Tuesday, and fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins welcomed the goalie back in style with an incredible tribute video during the first period of the game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

The tribute video encapsulated Fleury's 14-year, 13-season tenure with the Penguins organization -- from his selection with the first pick at the 2003 NHL Draft through his three Stanley Cup championship wins and other memorable moments and antics through 2017, when the Golden Knights selected him in the NHL Expansion Draft.

Tweet from @penguins: Three-time Stanley Cup Champion.Two-time Penguins MVP.One incredible goaltender and human being.Thank you for everything, Flower. pic.twitter.com/sXSFwmmUeP

The crowd gave Fleury a standing ovation after the video ended, chanting "Fleu-ry!" as the goaltender skated out of his crease and waved to acknowledge it. Among those in the stands was Fleury's wife Veronique and their daughters Estelle and Scarlett, and Veronique was caught wiping away tears toward the end of the break.

The tribute wasn't the only way fans acknowledged Fleury's return. The crowd roared when he led the Golden Knights onto the ice, with many holding signs welcoming him back to Pittsburgh, and they even cheered when he took the crease during warmups.

Tweet from @OtherNHLCrosby: Every time Fleury returns to his crease, the crowd cheers.

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