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Tonight’s scary sight: Chris Pronger leaves ice in hurry after high-stick

Oct 24, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

In a haunting moment, Chris Pronger left the ice immediately after getting caught with Mikhail Grabovski‘s high stick tonight. The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman clearly screamed after the stick caught him somewhere in the face, which was especially scary considering how tough Pronger is.

Some might throw around the word “karma” around, but the rest of us will hope that Pronger didn’t take that stick to one of his eyes. Flyers fans were angry that Grabovski didn’t receive a penalty on the play, but it happened on the follow-through on a puck, which explains why there was no call.

The Flyers were magnets for errant Toronto Maple Leafs’ sticks in the first period. The game started with Claude Giroux receiving the business end of a stick while former Flyers player Joffrey Lupul received a double-minor for opening up Matt Read‘s face with another high stick later on in the opening frame.

We’ll keep an eye on Pronger’s situation, which hopefully won’t end up being an eye injury. Update: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Pronger is seeing an eye specialist, but no other details have emerged.

It might be tough to watch, but here’s footage of that gruesome moment. The Flyers haven’t given a concrete update about the situation, only stating that he won’t return to the game.

  1. chasemutley - Oct 24, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    I’m not sure that Karma applies here. Pronger plays tough and nasty, but he’s never been known as a high stick artist. If you don’t like the way Chris Pronger plays, then you’re not a phan of hockey.

  2. rricardinho - Oct 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    a phan?
    what the phuck

  3. tommytd - Oct 24, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    I hate to see a guy go out with an injury but I’ll tell you what…I have a hard time feeling sorry for this guy.

  4. tk1966 - Oct 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    absolutely hate the guy…but I hope its nothing serious

  5. psujay - Oct 24, 2011 at 10:13 PM

    If you hate Chris Pronger, he’s never been on your team. Hopefully he’s ok. Reports of an eye injury with bleeding, out two weeks. He never left the building, which is a good sign.

  6. ml3939 - Oct 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    If this were Matt Cooke, Todd Bertuzzi, Claude Lemieux, or even Darius Kaspiraitis, the karma comment would still be in poor taste. That was the first time I heard a hockey player audibly scream on the ice from an injury on television.

  7. theolgoaler - Oct 25, 2011 at 1:40 AM

    I will never understand why all players don’t wear visors. Hell, I’d be in favor of a full face-shield a la NCAA hockey. (Of course I always wore a mask in my playing days… still got my eyes!)

    • stakex - Oct 25, 2011 at 2:53 AM

      Better believe not all players would wear a helmet if they didn’t have to. Thats just the way hockey players are.

      As for not wearing a visor, there are a few reasons guys don’t wear them. Mostly its because it can at times be a pain to see through (especially with the light glare). In my time playing hockey I have both worn a visor, and not worn a visor… and I gotta tell you, I liked not wearing one so much better.

      At the end of the day, there is absolutely no need for full face masks… and the amount of injuries that would be prevented from everyone wearing a visor are minimal (especially since you can still take a stick to the eyes even with a visor on). Players already have far too few choices when it involves their own safety, lets not take even more things out of their control.

  8. comeonnowguys - Oct 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    “If you hate Chris Pronger, he’s never been on your team. ”

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’d still hate him. Still, you hate to see this.

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