The following ran in the Metro newspaper on April 22, 2012.
In the locker room before the game even started, Claude Giroux sent a message. In a pressure situation, he wanted the weight on his shoulders. Giroux doesn’t have a “C” on his jersey and apparently he doesn’t need one to act like he’s the Flyers’ captain.
“When the best player in the world comes up to you and tells you, ‘I don’t know who you’re planning on starting tonight, but I want that first shift,’ that says everything you need to know about Claude Giroux right there,” Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said.