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2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Game 3: Does Pronger get away with too much?

Jun 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

Chris Pronger does not have a great reputation. He’s been suspended
multiple times in the past, and not always for just a bad hit — the
leg-stomping incident is about as bad as you can get.

That he ended up playing for the Flyers is only fitting. He was
brought in to provide not only great defensive leadership and veteran
experience, but to be that nasty guy out on the ice that no one wants to
mess with. The Flyers are a physical team for sure, but every team
needs a player that is — sort of — like Pronger.

A lot of the focus headed into this series has been on his matchup
against Dustin Byfuglien. After two games and a complete shutdown of the
Blackhawks’ top line, the focus has now shifted to what I think is one
of the oddest and dumbest incidents to debate over I’ve seen in a long
time.

Chris Pronger stole the puck at the end of both games.

Oh my.

This has caused an incredible amount of debate to spill out across
the interweb, with many saying this is justification that Pronger is
nothing more than a jerk. Perhaps he’s a genius. It seems that everyone
is talking about Pronger and this puck incident instead of focusing on
what really matters.

Today, several of the Blackhawks were asked about Pronger. Other than
the postgame festivities after Game 2, he’s been relatively quiet. He’s
played solid and smart hockey, not allowing himself to get caught up in
any games with the rest of the Blackhawks.

Instead, it’s the Blackhawks that are now caught up in his game.
Patrick Kane was asked if perhaps Pronger gets away with more because oh
who he is.

“I think so. I think the refs probably know it too,” Kane said. “He’s
been in the league a long time. He gets away with whacks here and
there that he probably shouldn’t. Playing in the league that long, I
guess you kind of deserve something like that.”

Coach Joel Quenneville isn’t all that worried about it, and says that
Pronger is smart for being able to play like he does without taking too
many penalties.

“You have to commend Prongs for finding ways to get around it or
push the envelope, whichever — as far as, I guess, you can push it.
But he’s a smart player that is effective in a lot of ways. He finds
the way to take advantage of whatever situation it is that can give him
an edge.”

Perhaps Pronger went a bit too far in taking those
pucks, but it’s created drama for the Blackhawks while he’s easily
shrugged off any question directed his way about it. The Flyers didn’t
have much to say about it today and frankly weren’t asked all that much
about the incident.

I’m certain that Adam Burish will have
something to say though, and while he’s done plenty of talking off the
ice I’m certain he might have something to say tonight as well.

  1. Christine - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Please tell me who will televising the Stanley Cup nationally? As of right now, I can’t find a local listing & we would like to watch the game. We are from the Chicago area and living on the Mississippi coast.
    Thank you for you help!!!!!!

  2. Scott - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Games 3-4 are on VERSUS
    Remainder of games (if necessary) are on NBC

  3. T.J. - Jun 2, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    The next two games will be broadcast on Versus

  4. Anonymous - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    “Instead, it’s the Blackhawks that are now caught up in his game. Patrick Kane was asked if perhaps Pronger gets away with more because oh who he is.”
    Give me a break. The media ASKED the players about it. They didn’t voluntarily bring it up. The Flyers are done. It’s over. I know it’s hard to write something attention grabbing when it’s obvious the Hawks are going to sweep and the rating will suck, wah, wah. Get over it. Hawks win!! Hawks win!!!

  5. Israel Jablonski - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    I guess if your team can’t win, you have to create buzz any way you can.
    Chris, take all the pucks you like. I am sure the Blackhawks will be able to console themselves with that large silver trophy!

  6. Are You Kidding Me? - Jun 2, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Was this article part of your remedial high school writing class? The quotes you use are responses to a questions asked by media members and neither of them sound like they are overly concerned about Pronger. Kane didn’t sound like he was complaining, he was just saying that when you have been in the league for a while, you get the benefit of the doubt on calls.
    No one called Pronger a “dirty” player or insulted him in any way? How is it he is “in their heads”? This article is moronic.

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