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For Penguins fans, it may seem like Carl Hagelin crossed over to the dark side after joining the Capitals, but those feelings were turned aside when he finally came back to PPG Paints Arena Tuesday.

In the Caps' familiar visit to enemy territory, Hagelin made his return to Pittsburgh for the first time since being dealt at the start of the season. He received a tribute from the Penguins in the first period showcasing some of his highlights two Cup championships. He also earned a standing ovation from fans.

Hagelin played with the Pegnuins for three seasons, winning back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017. He spent 16 games with them to kick off 2018-19 before he was shipped to the Los Angeles Kings for Tanner Pearson in November. The Caps would acquire him days before the trade deadline, seeking help on the penalty kill and depth on the bottom-6.

Hagelin was famous in Pittsburgh for being a known threat against Washington; in 35 playoff appearances against Washington, he recorded 15 points, one-game winning goal and four mult-point performances.

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