Even though his Philadelphia Flyers are down 2 games to none against Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final, Chris Pronger has the Blackhawks angry.
People in Chicago feel that Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers acted like a big baby after the first two games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (katchop)
It seems like if you’re going to debate whether or not Chris Pronger is a jerk, then you’re in for a very short debate, filled primarily with examples, or vague impressions, of exactly why he is a jerk. If the conversation occurs in Edmonton, it will be longer, if only because the examples will be more salacious. But it’s awfully difficult to find anybody who disagrees.
The latest addition to the canon of Pronger’s unlikability is the case of the missing pucks, or rather, the pucks that he quite deliberately picked up as the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated defeating Pronger’s Philadelphia Flyers in both Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
After the Hall of Fame-bound defenceman skated after and pocketed the second puck, he was confronted by Chicago’s Ben Eager at centre ice, who says he told Pronger, “You can keep it.”
This sparked the sort of minor and interesting war of words which really looks good when one team is down 2-0. Was Pronger playing mind games? Did he really throw the pucks into the garbage, as he claimed? And in at least some quarters, a debate: Was Pronger being a jerk at all?
“What added incentive do they have now?” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told the media Tuesday. “They’re mad? They’re angry? It’s the playoffs … I don’t know what else they’re going to do, because we stole their puck.”
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