PITTSBURGH -- Flyers center Claude Giroux wants to thank the Penguins' fans for helping to motivate him before and during games at Consol Energy Center.
"We don't really like the fans here and it's like we have something to prove to the fans that we're better than them," Giroux said Friday prior to Game 5 against the Penguins. "I remember last game there was actually two fans on the glass there and the whole game we were looking at each other. It gets me going a little bit. I would like to thank those two fans for sure. I didn't know what they were saying; it was just yelling and making signs with their hands that I can't really say on TV. It got me going a little bit."
Odds are those fans, or at least more than 18,300 like them, will be yelling and screaming at Giroux and the Flyers again in Game 5 Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS). But, considering the Flyers' history in this new building, maybe a tactical change is in order.