June 4, 2007 |
The Anaheim Ducks have shown they can survive a playoff game without one of the NHL's most feared defensemen in the lineup. Now they will have to prove they can prevent a turnaround in the Stanley Cup Finals without Chris Pronger, who was suspended for one game yesterday by league disciplinarian Colin Campbell for a flagrant elbow to the head of Dean McAmmond during the Senators' 5-3 victory in Game 3. Pronger will not dress tonight for...
March 6, 2006 |
Carolina left wing Erik Cole will miss at least the rest of the regular season with a compression fracture in a vertebra in his neck caused when he was driven headfirst into the boards by Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik during a 7-5 Hurricanes victory Saturday. Cole, 27, tied for second on the team in scoring with 60 points, will be out at least 6 to 8 weeks - a major loss for the team with the NHL's best record. Carolina has not ruled out Cole returning for the playoffs, which begin in mid-April.
October 15, 2009 |
Chris Pronger has only been in Philadelphia a few months and he already notices a difference between Philly fans and Dodgers fans in Orange County, Calif. Pronger would know. He spent the last three seasons with the Anaheim Ducks. "It's certainly different," Pronger said. "Philly fans are very passionate about their sports teams. They really take to them. " Pronger saw the fans in Orange County, a non-traditional hockey market in Southern California, at their best and worst.
April 14, 2011 |
ED BARKOWITZ THERE ISN'T a team in the Eastern Conference that the Flyers can't beat. And, as they showed in their struggles against lowly Atlanta, there isn't a team they can't lose to, either. The inconsistency is maddening, but this team undoubtedly responds when it must. The most significant response will need to come from rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was yanked in the regular-season finale. Nobody in the East has been better than Buffalo recently, so this won't be a quick, first-round walk like last season, when the Flyers disposed of New Jersey in five.
May 21, 2013
When the Flyers pick No. 11 in the first round of the June 30 NHL draft, here are some players who may be available: Darnell Nurse, D, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds He plays an aggressive, gritty style and models his game after Chris Pronger and Shea Weber. His offense is improving. Rasmus Ristolainen, D, 6-2, 189 The righthanded-shooting Finn plays with a nasty edge; he is regarded as a solid two-way defenseman and would be a nice consolation prize if Nurse is gone.
May 11, 2011
SEE IF YOU notice the pattern. Q: Why do the Flyers need a goaltender? A: Chris Pronger. Q: Why did the Flyers lose to the Bruins? A: Chris Pronger. Q: Who is the Flyers' most important health issue? A: Chris Pronger. You really don't have to read the rest if you don't feel like it. This is about the issue that should dominate the Flyers' thinking in the offseason. This is about Chris Pronger. The Flyers slumped down the stretch of the regular season when Pronger broke a hand, and they were bounced in the second round of the playoffs when he injured his back, and now he is a 36-year-old potentially facing surgery on a herniated disc, and now the Flyers had better be in more of a hurry than they were last summer.
June 9, 2010 |
Chris Pronger isn't upset, but some women are. A poster in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune shows the Flyers stalwart defenseman in a skirt, along with a headline that reads, "Chrissy Pronger. Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane. " Clever like sixth grade. Not only is the Tarzan joke as old as Tarzan, the skirt thing rips off the New York Post. "The Frillies Are Coming to Town!" its front page declared in October, next to a picture of outfielder Shane Victorino in a skirt. Pronger barely bothered to react.
May 20, 2014 |
THERE WAS a great goaltender, and an underappreciated amount of skill, and it was all cradled lovingly in a clenched fist. Those were the Flyers who won the Stanley Cup, 40 years ago. They won, and they won again, and they might have won a third consecutive time if the goaltender, Bernie Parent, had not been injured. And then, well, you know. The Parent injury, Leon Stickle, the Edmonton dynasty, the choking situation, the Lindros controversy, Michael Leighton apparently missing the lesson about acute angles in geometry class - to repeat, you know.
June 8, 2010 |
Chris Pronger did not hold back. Speaking Sunday night after Game 5's crushing loss, in which he was on the ice for six of Chicago's goals and in the penalty box for another, Pronger took his fair share of blame for the loss. Game 5 was the first time Pronger was a minus-5 in 169 career playoff games. "I don't really know what the reason was," Pronger said after the game. "I just don't think we played very well, to be honest. They got an awful lot of bounces to go their way. But they earned them.
May 20, 2010 |
For the first time in the franchise's 42-season history, the Flyers have started a playoff series with consecutive shutouts. Goalie Michael Leighton has done the honors, but he has received lots of support from defensemen Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Lukas Krajicek, and Ryan Parent, along with the backchecking forwards. "It's kind of twofold," Pronger said. "One, it's goaltending. Obviously, [Leighton is] doing a great job of making the first save.