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Dustin Byfuglien Nearly Flipped Chris Pronger Like A Cheese Omelette

If you would like to know why the Blackhawks are only one win away from their first Stanley Cup championship in nearly 40 years, look no further than Byfuglien’s vicious hit on Chris Pronger during the second period of last night’s convincing 7-4 victory over the Flyers. Said Byfuglien (via Puck Daddy):

Q. Dustin, is there any extra satisfaction in flattening Chris Pronger(notes) the way you did?

DUSTIN BYFUGLIEN: No, he’s out there to battle. So am I. I’m going to try to get the best of him and be strong. That’s all I have to do.

Indeed. Combine that vicious check with the fact that it likely contributed to Pronger having arguably the worst playoff game of his career (minus-5) and the fact that Byfuglien had the best game of his career (2 G, 2 A, 9 hits) and it is hard to argue that the Flyers will have their hands full when the puck is dropped on Wednesday for Game 6 in Philly.

But at the same time, it would be foolish to count the Flyers out, considering their run in this year’s playoffs. My suggestion? Get Pronger’s wife to read him the riot act and compel him to play a tighter, more disciplined game. If there is one person who can get Pronger to make necessary (or unnecessary, foolish) adjustments, it is most certainly the old ball and chain.

Byfuglien on Pronger hit: ‘I’m going to try to get the best of him, be strong. That’s all I have to do’ [Puck Daddy]
What We Learned: The worst game of Chris Pronger’s career [Puck Daddy]
How the Prongers broke our hearts [Canada.com]