Pronger & Flyers Eager(ly) Misdirected


Ben Eager celebrates. Source: Chicago Sun-Times

In more ways than one the Philadelphia Flyers have their priorities mixed up a little.  I’m not going to do a full recap of yesterday’s game.  You can get that from either Blackhawk Up, or Broad Street Buzz.  I can not however go without saying what a bunch of high schoolers the Philadelphia Flyers are turning out to be. 

As has been reported everywhere, Chris Pronger  is gaining himself some front page sport’s news because he’s been taking the pucks from each of the Blackhawks wins at the conclusion of each game.  Big deal!  Do you really think that they could give a shit?

Last time I checked the Hawks were leading the series two games to none.  Ben Eager who’s scored what turned out to be the winning goal in yesterday’s match commented on Pronger’s childish behavior with “He’s been picking up pucks after the game, and I just told him he can keep it,”.  Pronger supposedly shot a towel at Eager after the conversation took place.

Now, I’m all for mind games and advantage’s and all that stuff, but are you kidding me?  You really think you’re gonna get under the skin of the Hawks?  Vancouver tried it two years in a row and look at where it got them.  Early tee time.  Pronger’s actions seem a bit lame at this point.  I’m also tired of hearing how close the Flyers have been, and how if this would have happened or that would have happened.  At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that the Hawks have a two game lead, and even though they are going into Philly, they have won seven playoff games in a row, on the road.

They have earned each of their victories and are doing it without their top line.  Say what you want, but that indicates that the Hawks have depth and that they have been the better team so far. 

Hey Pronger, get this:  When a team goes up 2-0 in a series, that team has gone on to win 94% of the time (34-2).  Thanks to James Mirtle at The Globe and Mail for that stat. 

So if you believe in mind games, it only works if you have a mind, and I fully believe Pronger has lost his.

Also, not to leave anyone out of the schoolyard B.S. head coach Peter Laviolette’s decision to put Daniel Carcillo into the lineup to supply some energy may have had some effect in the first period, however as Hawks forward Adam Burish said, “That was your best hit of the year” as shown below:

The Flyers who lost 6-5 in game one felt that if they added Carcillo’s stupidity toughness things would be different in game two.  Yea, they were.  Instead of scoring five goals you scored one!

So for Pronger, take your puck and go home!

As for Carcillo, nice check goonhead.

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