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Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:29 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 10:19 am

By Brian Stubits

The first period of the Flyers and Maple Leafs tilt in Philadelphia on Monday night featured three high-sticking incidents, the most disturbing of them was the one Chris Pronger took. Coincidentally, it was the only one of the three that wasn't called a penalty.

Have a look.

Pronger scrambled to the bench and didn't return in the first period. Between periods, GM Paul Holmgren said Pronger would not return against Toronto. No more information about the injury was given from the team, but Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia said Pronger remained in the arena and wasn't hospitalized.

The reaction from Pronger makes you shiver. On the video you can hear Pronger screaming as he lay on the ice and then rushed off as fast as he could.

TSN's Bob McKenzie later reported more. "He is seeing an eye specialist but because of swelling, more time will be required for an evaluation. No further details."

After the game, Holmgren addressed the situation further. Pronger will be bed-ridden for the next three days with swelling around his right eye.

“He’s got a little bit of an issue with his eye," Holmgren said. "Over the next three or four days, no real concern other than swelling or something behind the eye. He’s going to be on bed rest for the next three days.
“The hope is he’ll be fine in a few weeks here.  He will see the eye doctor for the next four days.”

Holmgren said it will be 10 days-2 weeks until Pronger is able to return to the team. That doesn't necessarily mean a return to the lineup, just to team activities.

"It's scary, obviously, to see him clutching his eye," teammate Scott Hartnell said in an interview after the second period. Yes, Scott, yes it is.

Earlier this season, Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks had a similarly terrifying moment when he took a slap shot square to the face. Luckily for him, he was wearing a visor and he came out of the incident with just a few stitches above his eye from the cut. If he hadn't been wearing a visor, it would have -- not could have, but would have -- been much worse.

“To me, it’s not an issue, players should wear them,” Holmgren said. “Some of these guys have been around a long time and for whatever reason don’t want to wear them. When Chris comes back, he’ll be wearing a visor.”

This will only reopen the conversation on mandatory visors in hockey again.

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Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:39 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

Not only are most of these comments horrifically insensitive, the spelling and grammar is atrocious.  Please, I beg of you, if you don't have a dictionary, at least ask someone to proofread what you've written.  It's free, it's painless, and the result will be an error-free "comment" that your mother would be proud to read. Unless of course you're threatening to beat the crap out of someone, which is a different, yet equally alarming topic.

Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:40 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

i'm one faggot that will kick your mother fuckin ass

Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:33 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

hey wiseguy, i hope you go blind you worthless piece of crap. go f yourself loser. faggot

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 5:36 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

Additionally, I'm going to assume lumpoco was trying to be funny when he said the article should have read that Pronger was injured while trying to high stick someone else.

Actually, it's never safe to assume that chumpoco is trying to be funny; I've read enough of his dumb posts to know that he has a knack for being funny whether he intends to be or not.  Remember a few months ago when he called Cole Hamels a mediocre pitcher? And when he indignantly said he'd never heard of LeSean McCoy?

Lumpoco . . . you're a better writer than that
Well, no he's not, really.  See my comments above.

And if you get a chance, ask plumloco why he changed his icon.

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:21 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

Like the player or not, no one wants to see a guy lose an eye, at least not anyone that is a decent person.  The way it looked and the way he reacted, I was half expecting to see his eye hanging out of the socket.  Sounds like it is a wait and see after swelling goes down, but I can't help but be reminded of Collin White's injury.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:06 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

I am no Pronger fan, but I am a fan of hockey.  Obviously there was nothing malicious on the play, it was unfortunate timing.  I do not want to see any player in a position where their career could be in jeopardy due to an injury.  We need hero's and villains on the ice, it is a part of the excitement.......Pronger is a villain, but nobody should be happy he is hurt.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:14 pm

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

Holly shit iam going to swear alot for this one.You fucking dumb asses with your Karma etc.... should be banned from this site are you kidding me ?????????? You guys must yell and beat your wifes and kids also. I hate Chris Pronger as much as the next guy but the guys eye was cut christ sakes have a heart you peices of shit. Doesnt matter who you cheer for nobody does this shit, Pittsburg fans really if this had happen to Sid the kid do you really think the flyer fans would say good you peices of shit Crosby we hate you??? Yeah maybe a few of them would but there just the douchbags.Good luck Chris hope to see you back soon.ahhhhhhhhhhhhh from an Islanders Fan!

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:31 am

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

I am still in shock at some of the posts.  No matter who you like or dislike, the fact some people are happy that a player was injured and possibly could have serious damage to an eye is astounding to me.  Get over your hatred and/or love for your favorite team and think of the player as a person.  Even the other players in any sport gather to supoort an injured player from the other team.  Why should fans be different?

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:08 am

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

Pronger finally got his comeuppance..and it was on a clean play!!    Pronger has been one of the dirtiest players in the NHL for years and the chickens have come home to roost.   An eye for an eye.

I enjoyed this video so much that I have watched it 5-6 times.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:01 am

Pronger takes stick to face, out 2-3 weeks

clean play.  maybe pronger wont be such a turd with one eye

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