The Ottawa Senators are one of the Sabres biggest rivals in the National Hockey League but it's impossible to not feel something when you hear about this story.

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Senators forward Bobby Ryan missed three months of games for Ottawa this season after entering the NHL/NHLPA assistant program because of alcohol abuse.

He made this return earlier this week but in his first home game back, Ryan had one of the best games of his career, scoring a hat trick. It was just the fifth of his 12-year career.

Ryan started his career in Anaheim for the Ducks but has played in Ottawa since 2013.

You can watch the emotional video below and it's clear that Ryan was very emotional on the bench after scoring the hat trick.

You can watch all the goals below.