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Pronger's frightening injury distracts Flyers

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08:30 AM ET 10.25 | The incident that felled Chris Pronger rendered Monday's game secondary. [Pronger's] blood-curdling scream could be heard, loud and clear, throughout the Wells Fargo Center. The piercing yelp, when the stick of Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski connected with Pronger's right eyelid, was plain as day on the Maple Leafs' broadcast fed back to Canada. For that brief second, as the Flyers' captain skated right to the bench and fell over in the hallway on the way to the locker room, time stood still. Stomachs turned over in fans and players alike. ... The best-case scenario would be that Pronger could return to the ice in 3 to 4 weeks. "He's going to see an eye doctor every day for the next 4 days," [Paul Holmgren] said.

Philadelphia Daily News

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October 25, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Scary. Hope it looked worse than it actually is and he's recovered faster than 3-4 weeks.

October 25, 2011  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Karma.

Agree, Question: How many times has he purposely used his stick as a weapon?
Answer: Every single shift he is on the ice.

October 25, 2011  08:52 AM ET

I was in the front row last night and the Pronger incident was right in front of me. He had a very frightened look on his face, like he knew something was wrong. Have seen a lot of players in pain --he looked scared.

October 25, 2011  08:56 AM ET

I am not a Flyer fan, but would rather keep a young Richards and Carter then have an ancient Pronger

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October 25, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I am not a Flyer fan, but would rather keep a young Richards and Carter then have an ancient Pronger

Carter took way too many shifts off every game. While he scored a lot of goals - very few were meaningful. Richards was no longer appreciated in Philly - he is in a better situation now in LA where he does not have to be the captain or even the best player on his line.

October 25, 2011  09:05 AM ET



Ouch.

October 25, 2011  09:13 AM ET

October 25, 2011  09:15 AM ET

Pronger, the Flyers captain, will miss two to three weeks and spend the next few days on bed rest, putting a scare in Philadelphia's 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

"He was hit on the side, and there's a lot of swelling," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "The hope is that there's not a lot of blood buildup there where it will create issues."


Doesn't sound too serious.

October 25, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Agree, Question: How many times has he purposely used his stick as a weapon? Answer: Every single shift he is on the ice.

I agree with this, but I don't think The Pronger was hit purposely.
@Drysdale: and you can always tell the difference...these guys know the difference for certain (not being facetious, I am actually agreeing with you)

October 25, 2011  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I was in the front row last night and the Pronger incident was right in front of me. He had a very frightened look on his face, like he knew something was wrong. Have seen a lot of players in pain --he looked scared.

He was scared and apparently screaming going to the dressing room. He seems like he will be all right though. They didn't even see the need to send him to the hospital last night.
Eye injuries are very scary and hurt like the dickens...however, if he gets checked out and has retina issues...he could be out a lot longer than a few weeks.

October 25, 2011  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I agree with this, but I don't think The Pronger was hit purposely.@Drysdale: and you can always tell the difference...these guys know the difference for certain (not being facetious, I am actually agreeing with you)

It looked like a "hockey play", one guy going for a shot and the other being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Pronger, an 18-year veteran, does not wear a visor. The protective piece is not required in the NHL, though several players have had their careers prematurely end after blows to the face. Holmgren said Pronger would not be cleared to play unless he wears one.

Why these guys don't wear shields is beyond me. They sound like those goalies before Plante's facemask became popular.

October 25, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It looked like a "hockey play", one guy going for a shot and the other being in the wrong place at the wrong time.Pronger, an 18-year veteran, does not wear a visor. The protective piece is not required in the NHL, though several players have had their careers prematurely end after blows to the face. Holmgren said Pronger would not be cleared to play unless he wears one.Why these guys don't wear shields is beyond me. They sound like those goalies before Plante's facemask became popular.

I agree, there was nothing dirty or chippy about the play. After Ian Laperriere got his face smashed in a season or two ago, one would think a visor would an essential piece of equipment.

October 25, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I agree with this, but I don't think The Pronger was hit purposely.@Drysdale: and you can always tell the difference...these guys know the difference for certain (not being facetious, I am actually agreeing with you)

I told my wife that he had the face of kid who was crying, not an athlete who was injured.

I've seen him take some pretty good whacks and not grimace, so I think he is pretty tough (albeit dirt at times)

October 25, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Quite a few Leaf high sticks last night, granted this one was accidental. Time for Mesz and/or Coburn to step up into Prongers spot.

October 25, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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I told my wife that he had the face of kid who was crying, not an athlete who was injured. I've seen him take some pretty good whacks and not grimace, so I think he is pretty tough (albeit dirt at times)

I honestly think most hockey players are tough, just to get to the NHL level you take quite a beating in juniors/college or whatever.

Except for Kessel, he's the next spokesman for Downy, "Even More Softness".

October 25, 2011  09:58 AM ET

I know we were all placing bets on when Pronger would get injured, but no one saw this coming. Ouch. Even though I hate him I wouldn't wish that upon him.

October 25, 2011  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I told my wife that he had the face of kid who was crying, not an athlete who was injured. I've seen him take some pretty good whacks and not grimace, so I think he is pretty tough (albeit dirt at times)

I knew it was an eye injury immediatly based on his reaction. The Pronger is no weeping willow. I'm just glad that it didn't end like the scene in the movie Any Given Sunday.
"I think there was damage to the eye." The color commentator quips.

 
October 25, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I agree with this, but I don't think The Pronger was hit purposely.@Drysdale: and you can always tell the difference...these guys know the difference for certain (not being facetious, I am actually agreeing with you)

Sorry, I was not saying it was intentional. I was just saying it was Karma, the amount of sticks that he has delivered purposely and then gets one on him accidently.

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