Having spent 11 years on the Penguins side of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry, Caps blueliner Brooks Orpik knows a thing or two about the tough crowds as Wells Fargo.
On Thursday, he decided to share some of his thoughts on the matter with CSN Washington…
“Probably not a building you want to bring your kids to, that’s for sure,” Orpik said. “They’d learn some new language, especially with the way the benches are set up. They’re kind of open to the crowd.”
Orpik has played against the Flyers 74 times in his career, including 17 times in the playoffs, when the Pens and Flyers met in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Sidney Crosby was the primary villain in those series.
“It can be entertaining, too,” Orpik said “Sometimes they get pretty creative with the signs and I’ve seen them go a little overboard, too. It’s always a real fun building as long as you don’t get behind early. If you get behind early it can be a pretty tough building to play in.”
Orpik was, of course, playing for the Penguins during one of the most infamous games in Wells Fargo history — Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, in which the two teams combined for six fighting majors and 158 total penalty minutes:
Tonight, Orpik and the Caps roll into Wells Fargo riding high. They’re 8-1-2 over their last 11 and on a three-game winning streak, which includes last night’s 6-2 victory over the Leafs in Toronto.