Chris Pronger may not be around tonight to beat on anyone with his stick.
“Oh hello Insult, my name is Injury. I’ll be joining you tonight.”
If getting thoroughly embarrassed wasn’t bad enough in Game 1 while seeing your sieve of a goaltender turn into a vortex of suck once again, the Flyers could be playing without their jerk of a defenceman tonight. Add Chris Pronger’s possible absence to Jeff Carter’s sprained right knee that continues to keep him away from practice, and it could be another long night for those profanity lovers in Philadelphia.
Man-alive! We have an update: Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly reports Chris Pronger will miss Game 2 against the Boston Bruins tonight.
The Flyers have not disclosed the reason for Pronger’s absence, but sources indicate it maybe be two injuries. Pronger injured his back either at the end of the Buffalo series or the start of this series.
Pronger left Game 1 nearing the two-minute remaining mark of the third period and did not return. He appeared to be fine on Sunday, though moving with a slight limp, which is not uncommon for any player this time of year.
Another source said he subsequently pulled a hamstring. Could he have pulled his hamstring while favoring his back?
The Flyers aren’t talking.
Tonight’s anthem will be kind of special
Unless you were under a rock that’s in a cave covered by eight layers of soundproof foam, you’re well aware of last night’s historic event. You’re also well aware then that tonight’s national anthem will likely send a few extra shivers down spines, and Lauren Hart’s rendition of God Bless America tingles the spine enough as it is…
It’s been 10 years since Hart sang prior to a preseason game between the Flyers and Rangers that was halted in the third period. Something else far more important than exhibition hockey was taking place, and President George W. Bush’s speech to the nation was shown on the centre ice scoreboard.
Still a power-less powerplay
I had to look at the boxscore about eight times to make sure my eyes weren’t still suffering from a weekend hangover, but despite trouncing the Flyers 7-3 in Game 1 the Bruins amazingly didn’t score a powerplay goal. Boston maintained the most pathetic powerplay unit in the playoffs, with the tally now at 0 for 26.
Head coach Claude Julien said he’s seeing improvement but he’s not seeing results, while also pointing out that the loss of Marc Savard was a critical blow to Boston’s powerplay production.
Speaking of slumps…
Milan Lucic’s career scoring is to consistency what Fox News is to accuracy and spelling. It seems like he’s been raising hell in corners and in front of the net for a lot longer than four seasons, but in those four years Lucic’s goal production has been as high as 30, and as low as eight. This year we saw the high end, and Lucic led the Bruins in goals.
That’s swell and all, but through eight playoff games he still hasn’t scored, and the bruiser only has two points. His offensive slumber extends back into the regular season too, as Lucic hasn’t seen the back of the net in 18 games, scoring his last goal on March 22.
He told Joe Haggerty of CSN New England that since his assist on Nathan Horton’s goal that ousted the Habs he’s been moving his feet better and creating space.
Shooting is key to scoring
The always brutally honest and sometimes vulgar Bruins blog Days of Y’Orr knows that Boston played its best hockey in Game 1, while the Flyers weren’t even close. But with the catastrophic embarrassment that is the Flyers goaltending situation ready implode any minute, the simple plan is still the best plan.
If they are able to garner some traffic in front of either Boucher or Bobrovski then put shots on net and clean up rebounds, they have a fighting chance. Right now the Philadelphia defense is vulnerable, especially with Chris Pronger still healing from his right wrist/hand injury. Saturday Boston took a big lead and never lifted their foot from the gas pedal and didn’t allow the Flyers to come back in the game. They brought their A game and stuck to a plan which worked out.