Claude Giroux spotted two Penguins fans who were up against the Consol Energy Center glass and riding him all night. Instead of ignoring these guys, the Flyers All-Star center kept looking their way.
This went on a week ago, and Giroux used the insults and obscene hand gestures directed toward him for extra motivation.
The Flyers wound up rallying to win Game 2 of their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Giroux played a leading role with three goals and three assists for a franchise-playoff record six points.
"I would like to thank those two fans, for sure," Giroux said before Friday before the Flyers' 3-2 loss in Game 5. "I don't know what they were saying - they're just yelling and making signs with their hands that you really can't see on TV. ... It gets me going a little bit."
Giroux added the obvious: "We really don't like the fans here (in Pittsburgh) and I guess we have something to prove that we're better than them."
Home teams did well on Friday night with Pittsburgh winning to force a sixth game and Nashville eliminating Detroit in five, but road teams still have won 23 of 36 games so far this postseason.
"It's weird," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "There's no way to explain that. I think everyone always makes a big deal about home ice and the importance of it, but once you get out there you still have to play. At the end of the day, the playoffs are so tight that you've got to play your best no matter where you are."
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