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Gretzky gets Game 3 under way at the Staples Center

A Los Angeles Kings fan poses next to a statue of Wayne Gretzky before the Kings play the New Jersey Devils in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey final in Los Angeles, June 4, 2012. Gretzky dropped the puck during opening ceremonies ahead of Game 3. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo


The Great One stepped back into the spotlight at the Stanley Cup final.

Wayne Gretzky nearly brought the house down at Staples Center prior to Monday's Game 3 between the Kings and Devils after being introduced to drop the puck for the ceremonial faceoff.

"His name is synonymous with greatness," said the in-house announcer.

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Gretzky has tried to keep a low profile during the Kings' march through the playoffs because he didn't want to take any attention away from the accomplishments of the team.

However, he was welcomed back with open arms for the first Stanley Cup final game in Los Angeles since Gretzky's 1993 Kings lost in five games to Montreal.

The franchise is seeking its first NHL championship.

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