Chicago Media Takes A Shot At “Chrissy” Pronger
After stealing the pucks at the conclusion of each of the Blackhawks first two wins in their best-of-seven Stanley Cup Finals series with the Philadelphia Flyers (Ben Eager nabbed it after their third victory in Game 5), it is no secret that Chris Pronger has become public enemy No. 1 in the Windy City. With the big man now seemingly sporting a target on his chest, the Blackhawks players have not been the only ones taking their shots at Pronger. The Chicago media has also gotten in on the act.
Although perceived to be a somewhat conservative publication, their was nothing conservative about the Chicago Tribune’s depiction of “Chrissy” Pronger in a figure skating dress on the cover of Tuesday morning’s edition. Pronger was asked about the cover, to which he responded, “I really couldn’t care, to be honest with you.”
This fiasco comes on the heels of one of Pronger’s worst statistical performances in his NHL career, as his plus/minus rating was an abysmal -5 in the Flyers 7-4 Game 5 loss to the Blackhawks. His performance was so un-Pronger-like that even the Philadelphia media was taking shots at their team’s defensive stalwart. And once again, the 35-year-old NHL vet was quick to deflect any criticism back at those asking the questions (35 second mark).
Pronger will have bigger things to worry about tonight as his Flyers attempt to stave off elimination when they host the Blackhawks in a crucial Game 6 at the Wachovia Center. And if his team is looking for a source of inspiration (besides the media, of course), they only need to look to their cross-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, who responded to a 5-0 Game 5 beating at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings by winning Game 6 at home and a deciding Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena last year. Whether the Flyers can show the same resiliency remains to be seen.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if the Philadelphia Inquirer chooses to retaliate by taking a page from Vancouver’s playbook and going after Patrick “Twenty Cent” Kane.
Hat Tip – [Puck Daddy]