Pronger's cry for help
If we are to believe Chris Pronger, his second playoff suspension in a matter of weeks isn't the mark of a dirty player with little regard for his opponents or his teammates, but a cry for help.
How else to explain the actions of a supposedly elite player who for the second time this playoff season leaves opponents motionless on the ice with blows to the head and then suggests he is powerless to change his ways.
Who knows — maybe without Pronger and playing on the road, the Ducks could be in tough for Game 4 and Ottawa can crawl back into the series tomorrow.
The best way to characterize Pronger's illegal elbow, in fact, is to call it downright stupid, in more ways than one. It served no purpose in the game, puts his team down a key defenceman in the finals and endangered the wellbeing of a pretty solid citizen in Dean McAmmond.
"It wasn't incidental. It's not like that couldn't have been avoided," McAmmond said in a release. "I'm feeling pretty much the same as I was [Saturday], — a little bit 'headachy,' not feeling quite right. I'm going to do everything I can, or as little as I can, to feel good [Monday]. I want to play, but at this point in time, I'm not sure right now."I find it unfathomable that, given all of his many talents on the ice, Pronger is as repeatedly dumb as he is in key situations. In the media, we attempt to find reason and justification in acts like this, and in an extreme example what Todd Bertuzzi did, but in the end it just boils down to pure, brutish stupidity.
Eric Duhatschek has a full look at Pronger's rap sheet here along with other key suspensions in playoff history. And it's nice to note that Claude Lemieux received a whole two games for riding Kris Draper's face along the dashboard back in 1996.
"That’s a stupid word, embarrass, at this point in time for these officials."Everyone should be embarrassed in this situation — and especially Chris Pronger.