Kris Versteeg gathered the puck in the defensive zone early in the second period of Sunday’s Flyers-Rangers contest at Madison Square Garden.
From his own slot, the newly acquired forward tried to brainlessly push the disc through hard-checking Rangers’ forward Ryan Callahan, who easily scooped it up and fired top corner into the Flyers’ net to give the Rangers the 4-0 lead. The Blue Shirts would further their advantage to seven before the final whistle mercifully rang.
“Turnovers are what’s killing us,” Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger told the media after Sunday’s game. “We can look at second-effort and all the rest of that after, but turnovers, we have to get the puck in deep and forecheck and get some sustained pressure down in the offensive zone and start grinding on teams as we’ve done in the past. Until we do that, teams are going to pick us apart like they have been. ”
Late in the third period of Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win against the New York Islanders, Flyers’ defenseman Chris Pronger blocked a shot with what appeared to be his left wrist. The 36-year-old waited until the play stopped before going directly down the tunnel to the locker room. He did not return.
Update: According to general manager Paul Holmgren, x-rays on Chris Pronger’s wrist were negative. He should be OK.
Pronger has four goals and 20 assists in 46 games this season.
Yes, they are, according to a CBCSports.ca and NHLPA.com players poll.
Of the players surveyed, four-percent said the Flyers are the most overrated team in hockey. The vote ranks them fifth behind the San Jose Sharks (10%), Montreal Canadiens (11%) Vancouver Canucks (12%) and the Washington Capitals (35%).
At the All-Star break, the Flyers are tied for first in the NHL in points with 71, while also leading the league in wins with 33.
However, Philly did get some respect. Also ranked was Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, who brought in 20-percent or third place, as the toughest defenseman in the league to play against. He fell behind Nick Lidstrom (20.3%) and Zdeno Chara (34%).
And in a poll that should make everyone happy, when asked if fighting should be abolished in the NHL, 98-percent of the league said no.
Sorry Ottawa, but Chris Pronger is set to make his return on Thursday.
After missing nearly five weeks with a broken right foot that required surgery, the defenseman will make his return to the lineup when the red-hot Flyers face the Senators at the Wells Fargo Center.
Pronger, 36, has admitted that isn’t one hundred-percent, but is well enough to contribute at a high level.
“Hopefully I can get back to where I was when I got hurt,” Pronger told ESPN.
So do the Flyers, not that they need it.
According to Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times, the contract of Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has been extended for three years. The deal extends Holmgren through the 2013-14 season. As per team policy, the financial terms were not released.
Watch out Eastern Conference, the first-place Flyers are getting some reinforcement.
According to general manager Paul Holmgren, imposing defenseman Chris Pronger has been cleared by doctors to practice with the team. But rather than try to fly the 36-year-old veteran to snowy Boston on Thursday, he will meet the team in Atlanta on Friday.
Impressive so far, now lets see if the Flyers can handle a little adversity.
After consulting a foot specialist, the Flyers officially announced on Friday that defenseman Chris Pronger has a broken first metatarsal in his right foot and will require surgery. The veteran and keystone of Philadelphia’s blue line will miss 4-6 weeks, or as Sam Carchidi of the Inquirer added up, 11-17 games. Pronger, who has four goals and 11 assists in 31 games, should be available to return by Feb. 1.
Pronger, 36, injured his foot in Philadelphia’s 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.