Watch: Terrific Tribute Video to Marc-Andre Fleury
Emotions overflowed on and off the ice Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena. First was the Flower's return, then the crowd was standing again when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier stood up.
Former Penguin Marc-Andre Fleury said prior to Wednesday's game that he hoped he wouldn't cry when he took the ice for the first time as a visiting goaltender at PPG Paints Arena. He didn't stand a chance during the first TV timeout when his former team honored him with a tribute video.
Three-time Stanley Cup Champion.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 7, 2018
Two-time Penguins MVP.
One incredible goaltender and human being.
Thank you for everything, Flower. pic.twitter.com/sXSFwmmUeP
As the ovation continued, Fleury removed his glove to wipe his eyes.
Sympathy cryers: Turn away now. pic.twitter.com/TjXfWVYvHf— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 7, 2018
If that wasn't enough tugging on the heartstrings, the crowd was back on its feet when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was introduced.
While Fleury's former teammates showered him with praise and affection before the game, once they hit the ice it was all business. The Pens escaped with a 5-4 win, their eighth consecutive home victory.