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Cutting Pronger down to size

Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:28 am
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CHICAGO --  Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger has played around 30 minutes in every game of the Stanley Cup Final, and always seems to be on the ice against Chicago’s top line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. He’s done a pretty good job too, keeping the trio to just one goal and three assists over the first four games.

Obviously the Blackhawks can’t win if Pronger keeps stifling them to that extent, so coach Joel Quenneville got creative in Game 5 and found a way to counter the big Flyers rearguard by having each member of the top unit play on a different line. And it worked, probably better than he had any right to expect as Chicago won 7-4 to move within one victory of the Stanley Cup.

“I wasn’t really sure what line they were to go after as far as Prongs,” Quenneville said. “We were going to take whatever we got.”

The Blackhawks actually got quite a bit as the trio came up three goals and four assists between them. Byfuglien, playing with Dave Bolland and Kris Versteeg led the way with two goals and two helpers; Kane lining up alongside Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd had a goal and an assist and Toews, centering Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky chipped in with an assist on a power play.

“We didn’t have too much production out of us, so we had to change things up,” said Byfuglien, who also contributed nine hits including one memorable flattening of Pronger in the second period. “But all year, we’ve mixed lines around and everyone has really played with everyone, so it wasn’t really a big thing. It was just going out there and playing together as a team, moving our feet and doing the right things.”

Meanwhile, Pronger, much like the rest of the Flyers, seemed to be doing the wrong thing all night.  He was on the ice of six of Chicago’s seven goals and in the penalty box for the other one after being called for hooking Kane at the end of a long shift. For the Blackhawks, getting the best of Pronger for a change should provide a big psychological boost as they try to close things out Wednesday in Philadelphia.

“I think we've been looking for that throughout the whole series,” Kane said. “With him on the ice, he's a big guy, but we feel we can get around him and make some good plays.

“He plays a lot of minutes. I don't know if we can get him tired out there and make him make mistakes or -- obviously, he was on the ice for a lot of goals. If we can play like we did against him tonight, it's going to make it tough on him.”
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Category: NHL
Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Talking about flyers fans of course



Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Hahahahahaha you guys sucks ballz



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:12 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Where are ya?  Where are ya?  Where are ya?

Blackhawks: Stanley Cup winners

Lesson: Don't let your mouth write a check that a hockey team you'll never be good enough to play for can't cash

Where are ya?  Where are ya?  Where are ya?



Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2010 3:09 am
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

I am surprised the refs haven't kept a closer eye on this goon. His rep for cheap dirty hits is well documented by his 7 or 8 suspensions totaling 22 games. The guy can play D but is a complete hack and cheap shot artist who should have double digit penalty minute total in the finals. It appears that the peas have fallen out of McCreary and O'Halloran's whistles. I hope that this jackass will spend some more time in the penalty box during Game 6 where he belongs!



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Fluidguy you couldn't have left a better comment



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Before you bad mouth a writer learn how to write yourself.  You must be 13...study a bit harder in your English class.  The Hawks arent the Bruins!!  Your team is go their a#$ whipped!  Coach Q made great line switches and it showed.  Go back to wathching cartoons MattMoney you obviously no nothing about hockey. 

You Flyer fans keep bringing up the Bruin series.  ATTN your playing the Hwaks!!!!  The 2010 Stanley Cup Champions!!



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Before you bad mouth a writer learn how to write yourself.  You must be 13...study a bit harder in your English class.  The Hawks arent the Bruins!!  Your team is go their a#$ whipped!  Coach Q made great line switches and it showed.  Go back to wathching cartoons MattMoney you obviously no nothing about hockey. 

You Flyer fans keep bringing up the Bruin series.  ATTN your playing the Hwaks!!!!  The 2010 Stanley Cup Champions!!




Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: June 8, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

I believe the Hawks will come out quick and look to strike first. With switching up the lines it has rattled Leighton some. He looked snake bit like the first game. If the Hawks are able to strike first then the Flyers could be in for a long fast paced night. As for Pronger he can't be on the ice all of the time.



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Assuming you are not a troll this is probably the single dumbest comment I have ever read on this website.

Also its "you" not "u", please learn how to spell like a normal human being and not like an ignoramus.






Since: Apr 30, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2010 11:35 am
 

Cutting Pronger down to size

Huh? The Hawks have changed their lines consistently the entire season. Big Buff played with Toews and Kaner for all of 3 weeks:

Byfuglien has been a revelation since joining and on the top line for Game 2 of the Blackhawks' second-round series against the Vancouver Canucks. In the eight games since the part-time defenseman returned to forward, he has 7 goals and 2 assists, which also happens to be his total for the entire postseason.

The strategy worked against the Canucks and Sharks, and wasn't working against the Flyers, so Q changed it up. It's a coaching strategy, and a good one. Hawks have more horses, and they will get to the finish line Wednesday.


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