That game is Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight at the Wachovia Center against Chicago's Blackhawks, who lead the series 3-2.
Some women were bothered, though.
"Here we go again, this time from a newspaper that is led by a female managing editor, Jane Hirt, who clearly should know better," writes USA Today columnist Christine Brennan. ". . . How is it acceptable for a newspaper to resort to tired old sexist comparisons of this sort, trying to diminish Pronger by saying he plays like a girl?"
When broadcaster Jim Rome once compared quarterback Jim Everett to tennis great Chris Evert, that should have been a compliment to the football player, since she was "much tougher," Brennan said.
Also unhappy with Trib sports editor Mike Kellams was Angela Ruggiero, who won gold, silver and bronze playing ice hockey at three Olympics. The Harvard grad was also once played for a men's team, the Tulsa Oilers.
"I'd like to see that editor out on skates. I'll take them one-on-one on the ice any day," Ruggiero told the Associated Press. "They obviously have never seen women's hockey and are living in the dark ages."
"Obviously, it's offensive," she said. "It's disappointing more than anything. I grew up playing with boys, trained with NHL players. I would go head-to-head with Pronger any day I could."
"For her and others who took offense, I apologize. No qualifiers, I'm sorry," Kellams responded. "We were just having a little fun with a guy who has come to personify all that has gotten under the collective skin of Blackhawks fans."
Fans in Philly hope that even if the Flyers aren't offended - do they need more motivation? - that the hockey gods will be, resulting in bad karma for the Blackhawks.
Maybe they'll skate like Cheetah.
Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.