Marc-Andre Fleury's emotional return to Pittsburgh brought us some unforgettable moments

Doug Mendoza
February 9, 2018

The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Vegas Golden Knights at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Updates with new lead, quotes.

Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals on 38 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fleury may now be a member of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, but Pittsburgh's love for him is still strong. Former goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was given a video tribute during the game.

Fleury was back in the city where he started his National Hockey League career and spent more than a decade, helping to backstop the Penguins to multiple championships.

The beloved goaltender received a warm reception from a packed PPG Paints Arena crowd intent on thanking him for his 14 years of meritorious service to the black and gold.

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"There's always motivation when you're playing against friends and former teammates, especially the position we're in and what happened when we were there", Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.

The emotional outpouring didn't hinder Fleury's game at all. I think it's going to be a special moment for me, the first game back. Evgeni Malkin scored his 30th goal of the season, marking the sixth time in his career he has reached that mark.

The second goal came on a nifty passing play in the offensive zone, with Malkin setting up Kessel for a shot into an open net at the left post about three minutes later.

Jake Guentzel, Ryan Reaves and Ian Cole also scored for Pittsburgh, which won for the fifth time in six games. Pens goaltender Matt Murray stopped 21 of 25.

William Karlsson scored his 28th of the season on a power play for the Golden Knights. Pittsburgh got the next two making it five unanswered. Ryan Carpenter and Jonathan Marchessault scored goals for the Golden Knights in the third period. Though he missed time with a concussion this season, he's a major reason that Vegas leads the Western Conference standings. And even though it was the right decision to let Fleury go, that doesn't make it any easier to see him on another team. Fleury waived his no-movement clause before the trade deadline so the Penguins could protect Murray. He won nine games and helped eliminate division rival Columbus and the Presidents Trophy-winning Washington Capitals before Murray returned in the third round of the playoffs against Ottawa.

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