Claude Giroux a perfect fit with the Florida Panthers

When Claude Giroux was traded to the Florida Panthers, the assumption was he would play up on the top line with Sasha Barkov and that would be that.

Then, he started playing with Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Bennett and things went very well.

On Thursday, the Panthers lined up for Game 2 against the Washington Capitals with Giroux — a certain future Hall of Famer — on their third line.

The Panthers, coach Andrew Brunette has professed throughout this season, is a selfless bunch.

“I think our locker room, our guys are very easy to get along with,” Brunette said before Florida beat the Capitals 5-1 on Thursday night.

“They are very welcoming and treat everyone the same. We don’t have any big egos. And that comes from our captain. 

 We are a very comfortable team to come into. And I think G is an unassuming guy. He is a superstar, but he’s like a little kid who loves to play hockey, loves to compete.

Keeler: Smashville is toast. Cale Makar is the jam.