When game 3 ended, just like in overtime, the Flyers were simply hungrier for the puck.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, immediately following Claude Giroux’s game-winning goal to give the Flyers their first win in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, teammate Darroll Powe came in possession of the game puck and gave it directly to Giroux. Other reports have Wachovia Center rink maintenance picking it up and handing it over to the Flyers.
Either way, no Chris Pronger, no Ben Eager and no problems.
Chris Pronger doesn’t want you to be happy.
After losing consecutive one-goal games to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, Flyers defenseman Pronger was seen picking up the game puck and carrying it back into the locker room. The same game puck that rookie goaltender Antti Niemi would probably like to have.
“He was picking up the puck. I told him he could keep it,” said Chicago forward Ben Eager, who along with Pronger, received a game misconduct with no time on the clock.
One of the fondest memories of Ben Eager’s career came in 2004-05, when he, side-by-side with Flyers Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Riley Cote and now Chicago Blackhawk teammate Patrick Sharp, brought the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup home to Philadelphia.
But now, as members of the Blackhawks ready to face a few of their old comrades in the Stanley Cup finals, both Eager and Sharp will have to put friendships and the past behind him and start preparing for war.