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Penguins fans ready before sunrise for opener, Stanley Cup banner raising

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, 9:51 a.m.
A young Pens fan waives a towel while watching the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 12, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
A young Pens fan waives a towel while watching the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 12, 2017 at PPG Paints Arena.

The sun rose black and gold over Pittsburgh at 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday.

But even before then, many Penguins fans took to social media to welcome back words synonymous with fall — hockey home opener .

It's even more special for Pens fans, who will get to watch the team's fifth — and second consecutive — pre-game Stanley Cup championship banner raising ceremony.

Will we get to see a third in 2018? Coach Mike Sullivan asks : Why not?

The team will play the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m., preceded by the ceremony at 7:45.

Fans expressed themselves with animated GIFs, memes and hashtags on Twitter before the sun came up Wednesday.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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