October 24, 2011
PHILADELHPIA — All Danny Briere could hear were the agonizing screams. Star defenseman Chris Pronger buried his face in his hands after taking a brutal blow to the outside of the right eye, fearful of the worst for his eyesight. Hunched over, Pronger skated straight to the bench, his hands over his eyes. "I knew he was in trouble and needed help," said Briere, who skated with Pronger to the bench. Pronger, the Flyers' captain, will miss two to three weeks and spend the next few days on bed rest, putting a scare in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
June 7, 2011 |
Anyone looking to Mike Murphy to save the NHL's integrity while punishing Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome for his late hit on Boston winger Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals got a mixed message, nothing new from the league and whoever is wearing its Lord of Discipline cape on any given day. Murphy, charged with reviewing the crushing blow because the son of chief knuckle-whacker Colin Campbell plays for the Bruins, said he suspended...
December 31, 2010
Ducks today VS. PHILADELPHIA When: 5 p.m. Where: Honda Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 830. Records: Ducks 19-17-4, Flyers 22-9-5 before Thursday. Record vs. Flyers: 1-0-0. Update: This game lacks its once-predicted punch because former Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger is out of the Flyers' lineup after foot surgery. The Ducks are home for the next six after losing four of seven on the road but are without captain Ryan Getzlaf for at least the first two. -- Robyn Norwood
December 20, 2010 |
Through Monday's games Rank; Team; Record; (last week's rank) 1. Philadelphia; 22-8-5; Defenseman Chris Pronger is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing foot surgery. That's a big loss, but the Flyers have depth. (2) 2. Pittsburgh; 22-10-2; Sidney Crosby runs point streak to 21, with 31 goals and 41 points. And he came off as a regular guy in the first episode of HBO's 24/7 behind-the-scenes show. (1) 3. Dallas; 20-10-3; Stars joined the 20-win club Sunday with an impressive comeback win at Detroit.
July 20, 2010 |
The ink was barely dry on Ilya Kovalchuk's new contract with the New Jersey Devils before the NHL rejected the 17-year, $102-million agreement, ruling the heavily front-loaded structure was an attempt to circumvent the salary cap and minimize its average annual value. Kovalchuk, who was also pursued by the Kings, was the star of a news conference Tuesday in Newark where he signed his contract and declared himself "a Devil for life." The 27-year-old left wing was to be paid $80 million through the first eight seasons and $95 million through the first 10 but only $550,000 in each of the last five seasons.
June 5, 2010 |
Chris Pronger has taken command of the Stanley Cup finals as firmly as he has wrapped his long arms around Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien, stamping his imprint on the Flyers' success as defiantly as he applies his stick to the backs and shoulders of anyone brave enough to invade Philadelphia's crease. The towering defenseman has averaged a league-high 29 minutes 2 seconds of ice time in the playoffs while leading the Flyers back from a 3-0 series deficit in the second round and now to solid ground as the finals resume Sunday at the United Center even at 2-2. Playing in his third finals in five seasons — he lost with Edmonton in 2006 but won with Anaheim in 2007 — Pronger has delivered 17 hits in four games, blocked 13 shots and compiled a plus-7 defensive rating to raise his playoff plus/minus to plus-9.