Pronger can continue to collect pucks. That doesn't matter and if he thinks he's getting into the heads of the Hawks, I think he's mistaken. As young as they are, they are more mature than he is. Hawks want the only thing that counts: The Cup! Here's to two more wins !
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I think everyone is a little on edge in this series -- which they should be, it's the Cup finals. And I'm probably defending Bolland harder because he takes a lot of shit here in Chicago for being inconsistent. However, I don't really think either were in the wrong. Richards talked, Bolland let him know he was there, end of story.
1. I'm not at all arguing that Prongs has gotten away with A LOT of stuff. And I never hated him before b/c he was in the West and we never really saw him. I'm only talking about this one specific instance. 2. Everyone is shit talking, so what? I'm not saying Bolland is a dirty player, but once again, in this situation, he acted like a bitch. If his panties are up bunch from too many mama jokes, then face Richards face to face, not when he turns his back. It's the second time he's doen that. In Game 1 they showed a replay of when Richards turned around after a faceoff and Bolland pulled his legs out from under him.
1) I think they were both guilty parties, but Pronger is a piece of crap and I'm sure only his uniform changed the way you felt about him. Don't worry, he won't be called for anything this entire series though because the refs are deathly afraid of him. 2) Watch the replay and notice how much Richards was running his mouth in warmups and right before the faceoff. If you think Bolland hit him for no reason, you're mistaken. Bolland hasn't cheap-shotted anyone the whole season, and he doesn't even retaliate very often. Whether or not Bolland was wrong to react, Richards is just as guilty.
- Didn't Byfuglian break his own stick while trying to hit Pronger's? - Why no mention of Bolland's cheap shot right off the opening faceoff, when he cross checked Ricahrds as soon as he turned his back?