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Kunitz given standing ovation in return to Pittsburgh

Lightning forward who helped Penguins win three championships warmly greeted in first game back

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Penguins honor Kunitz

TBL@PIT: Penguins pay tribute to Kunitz with video

Chris Kunitz, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Penguins, is honored with a video tribute during their game against the Lightning

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Chris Kunitz might be gone, but he hasn't been forgotten by fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Tampa Bay Lightning forward, who helped Pittsburgh win three Stanley Cup championships in nine seasons there, was given a standing ovation by fans at PPG Paints Arena in his first game back during a first-period ceremony Saturday.   

The Penguins aired a video montage of Kunitz's finest moments, including his game-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Ottawa Senators last season that lifted the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final. 

Besides the warm ovation, Kunitz also received his Stanley Cup ring from 2017, the fourth of his 14-season NHL career, which made the return even more special.

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