Senators’ Bobby Ryan nets hat trick, hockey world reacts on Twitter

It was an emotional night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

In his first home game since returning to the Ottawa Senators lineup, Bobby Ryan potted a hat trick — his first three-goal game since 2014 and first multigoal game since 2016. The fans rejoiced and chanted his name, his teammates celebrated him and gave him stick taps. Ryan was in tears on the bench.

The veteran of 12-plus years was playing in his 18th game of the 2019-20 season and his second game back after taking a leave of absence in November to enter the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program. Ryan recently revealed his struggles with alcohol.

Long considered one of the NHL’s good guys, the American winger’s night was heralded on Twitter by the hockey world.

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