Claude Giroux a fan of ACDC, Not a Fan of Sean Couturier's Jeep

Claude Giroux a fan of ACDC, Not a Fan of Sean Couturier's Jeep

The NHL.com twitter feed sent out a link earlier today to a recent interview with Claude Giroux in Men's Health Magazine.
Given how spoiled we were at getting the chance to see behind the scenes during HBO's 24/7 series, it's nice to get another peak inside the life of a Flyer  -- especially one as important to the franchise as Giroux.
Select quotes on Scotty Hartnell's All-Star bid, the scene at Buddakhan, whether he has a shot with Minka Kelly and Sean Couturier's beat up Jeep after the jump...
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On what he's learned from playing with Jaromir Jagr:He just thinks the game differently. Offensively, it’s kind of weird the way he looks at the game. It’s different, but good. The things he says on the bench, the way he watches the other team play, and the way he adjusts his game. No matter how the other team plays defense, he always finds a hole. It’s pretty amazing to watch. He also works out at night, and sometimes he even works out after practice. He’s always working on his shot and all the little details. He’s one of the last guys off the ice all the time. He’s a great leader out there. 
On superstitions and rituals:On game days, I shoot pretty much the same way in warm-ups. And if I have a bad game, I won’t wear the same shirt and tie combination. Sometimes before games I like to listen to a little AC/DC. I actually had a chance to go and see them when I was back home, and they were great. And of course we still play Knock Knock by Mac Miller after every win—we’re sticking to that.
On guys who he would have liked to see make the All-Star team (prior to Hartnell's eventual invitation):Yeah, Scotty Hartnell. He’s worked so hard off the ice. With the way they pick the players, obviously it’s tough. He’s having a career year, though. I think he’s one of the best power forwards in the game, and one of the most underrated players in the league. He’s also one of the best chirpers—he really gets into it with the other guys. It’s hard not to laugh.
On the actress he'd most like to see at the Wells Fargo Center for a game:Man, probably Minka Kelly—is she still with Derek Jeter or what? I’d invite her for sure.
On where he likes to eat on his days off:I love Buddakhan. They have so much great stuff. Ever since the HBO documentary aired, though, we go to more low-key places. We’ve got lots of young players, so we’ll still go for a few beers here and there, but nothing too crazy. 
On who has the least impressive car in the players' lot:[laughs] Sean Couturier is still driving his old Jeep. He’s a rookie, and he doesn’t want to change. He’ll keep that thing going as long as he can.
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For more, check out the full interview at Men's Health. 
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Maybe Claude should invite Minka over to listen to some tunes...

>>>The MH Interview: NHL Superstar Claude Giroux [Men's Health]

Best of NBA: Wall, Wizards top Knicks for 4th straight win

Best of NBA: Wall, Wizards top Knicks for 4th straight win

NEW YORK -- John Wall had 29 points and 13 assists, scoring Washington's final four points in the last 32 seconds as the surging Wizards beat the New York Knicks 113-110 on Thursday night.

Otto Porter Jr. made six 3-pointers for the second straight night and added 23 points, but the Wizards needed big plays from Wall down the stretch to win their fourth in a row.

He made two free throws to put Washington back on top after New York had rallied to take a 110-109 lead, then rebounded Carmelo Anthony's miss and left all the Knicks in his dust as he raced down the floor for a dunk with 13.7 seconds to play.

Anthony finished with 34 points but Wall stole the ball from Brandon Jennings to prevent the Knicks from attempting a 3-pointer that could have tied it (see full recap).

Leonard scores 34 to lead Spurs over Nuggets
SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points, rookie Dejounte Murray added a season-high 24 and the San Antonio Spurs overcame a pregame injury to Pau Gasol in beating the Denver Nuggets 118-104 on Thursday night.

Denver's three-game winning streak was snapped despite a career-high 35 points from Nikola Jokic.

Leonard had his fifth straight 30-point performance, right after learning he will start for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season.

The Spurs were unexpectedly without Gasol, Tony Parker and then coach Gregg Popovich. Gasol and Parker were both late scratches due to injury, and Popovich was ejected for the first time this season.

Gasol broke the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand by jamming it against Kyle Anderson's shoulder during pregame warmups while attempting a running hook. The 16-year veteran center immediately clutched his hand and left the court.

X-rays revealed the break, and the Spurs said there is no timeline for Gasol's return.

Irving, James lead Cavs over Suns
CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, All-Star teammate LeBron James had 21 points and 15 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked more like themselves at home in a 118-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

The Cavs were back in Quicken Loans Arena following a six-game road trip (their longest of the season) that concluded with an embarrassing 35-point loss at Golden State. But on their home floor, they had better offensive balance and ball movement while improving to 30-11 -- the same record Cleveland had at the halfway point of its 2016 NBA championship season.

Channing Frye scored 18, Iman Shumpert 17 and James Jones 14 while filling in for star forward Kevin Love, still bothered by back spasms.

Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 16 rebounds, but the Suns lost for the fourth time in five games (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Surging Capitals rock Blues in St. Louis

Best of NHL: Surging Capitals rock Blues in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov each had a goal and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Jay beagle, Brett Connolly, Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams also scored, and Alex Ovechkin and Daniel Winnik each had two assists to help Washington earn at least a point in its 12th straight game (10-0-2) for an NHL-best 66 points.

Braden Holtby bounced back from his roughest outing of the season with 22 saves. Holtby was pulled after giving up a season-high five goals on 26 shots in an 8-7 overtime loss at Pittsburgh on Monday. He improved to 22-8-4 and 5-0 lifetime against St. Louis (see full recap).

Grabner scores 2 goals, Rangers top Leafs
TORONTO -- Michael Grabner scored two goals against his former team, helping the New York Rangers snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei and J.T. Miller added goals for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves following a series of rough outings.

Tyler Bozak and Zach Hyman scored for Toronto, which had a three-game winning streak stopped. The Maple Leafs had earned 21 of a possible 26 points in their previous 13 games (10-2-1). Frederik Andersen gave up four goals on 40 shots (see full recap).

Tavares leads Islanders to shutout of Stars
NEW YORK -- Getting a new coach this week didn't change things much for the Islanders -- and oddly enough, that's a good thing for New York.

John Tavares narrowly missed out on his second hat trick in a week, Thomas Greiss got his second straight shutout and the Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday night in their first game since firing longtime coach Jack Capuano.

New York canned Capuano in the middle of his seventh season Tuesday, replacing him on an interim basis with Doug Weight (see full recap).

Niederreiter, Wild dodge letdown, edge Coyotes
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Nino Niederreiter had two power-play goals and an assist, including the go-ahead score for the Minnesota Wild with 7:06 remaining in a 4-3 victory over Arizona on Thursday night after the Coyotes came back from a two-goal deficit.

With Shane Doan in the penalty box for hooking, Niederreiter knocked in a nifty redirect of Mikael Granlund's slap shot for the winner. Devan Dubnyk stopped 20 shots for the Wild, who are 18-2-2 in their last 22 games.

Louis Domingue made 21 saves for the Coyotes, who lost their fourth in a row and fell to 2-12-1 in their last 15 games starting with a 4-1 loss to Minnesota in Arizona on Dec. 17 (see full recap).