After answering a multitude of media questions during his introductory press conference on Monday, Pronger had the room laughing, as he cracked jokes and oozed confidence, saying all the right things in the process.
“I’m very excited,” said Pronger, when asked what he felt about Philadelphia hockey. “The style that they play fits the way that I play. I felt it was a good fit and accept it with open arms.”
With less than five minutes to play in the third period, the Washington Capitals took the dominating 4-2 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins with the third goal of the night from Alex Ovechkin. As the hats came flying off at the Verizon Center in celebration of the hat trick from their beloved superstar, Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby could be seen chatting up the referee.
When asked about what he and the ref talked about, Crosby did the worst thing possible: Answer that question honestly to the media.
“People kept throwing hats,” he said. “I was just asking if he could make an announcement to ask them to stop. I mean, the first wave came and then I think they were all pretty much picked up, and then more started coming. So for us, we just wanted to make sure we kept kind of moving and kept the game going, wanted to try to get back in it. So wasn’t complaining about anything.”
For a player who has the infamous reputation of whiner and complainer, Crosby did no favors for himself admitting to his attempts to cease the fan’s celebration, like his demands could even be met.
And as Crosby, who netted a hat trick himself, whines about the celebrations, Ovechkin continues to separate himself from the league-appointed savior, as the real king of the NHL.