Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
has played in many hostile road environments during his hockey career. He ranks Philadelphia's Wachovia Center high on the list.
"Yeah, it's up there," Crosby said. "Washington is also pretty high, but Philadelphia definitely gets loud and can be a tough place to play."
Crosby and the Penguins, who won the first games of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal, continue their series with the Flyers Sunday and Tuesday in Philadelphia. Pittsburgh was 2-1-0 at Wachovia Center during the regular season and shouldn't be surprised by the atmosphere.
"There's a lot of noise and everything is magnified a bit," Crosby said. "You could have an OK scoring chance or a hit could be an average hit, but with the loud noises it seems like a big one. So you really have to control your emotions when you're on the road. That's a good test for us but we've been in that situation before and we'll try to utilize that experience."
In fact, the Penguins found themselves in that exact situation when they faced the Flyers in last year's Eastern Conference Final -- they were ahead 2-0 in the series heading to Philadelphia. So the Penguins shouldn't be surprised by whatever the Flyers throw at them.
"We expect them to take it up another notch being at home," Crosby said. "It doesn't get any easier. It just gets tougher. We just have to keep playing the same way. We approach every game like it's a new one. With it being the first one in their building we want to make sure that we play well. We know they're going to come hard and be desperate. It's a big game."