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With or without Chris Pronger and Jeff Carter, Flyers must pick it up

Posted By Mike Petraglia On May 2, 2011 @ 2:07 pm In General | No Comments

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Chris Pronger played 19:45 and was a minus-3 in Game 1 vs. Boston. (AP)

PHILADELPHIA — The Bruins were without their top defenseman Zdeno Chara for Game 2 last round and that didn’t work out so well. Now they hope, turn about is fair play as the Flyers could be without Chris Pronger tonight for Game 2.

Pronger didn’t play the last five minutes of Saturday’s game and was seen trotting up the runway with two minutes left as the Bruins finished off the Flyers, 7-3.

Will he be available tonight?

“With regard to injury, everything comes from the general manager Paul Holmgren,” head coach Peter Laviolette said.

Adding insult to injury for the Flyers is the likely chance that Jeff Carter will be unavailable as well. Both missed the Flyers’ morning skate at Wells Fargo Center.

“I think we’ve had success when we’ve had success when those guys have been out of the lineup, just speaking from past instances when Carter and Pronger have been out,” Laviolette added.

It’ll be Sean O’Donnell and Andrej Meszaros asked to pick up more of the slack if Pronger can’t go.

“Well, we’ve gone through a lot stretches without him in the lineup and guys have stepped up on the D-corps and played well,” said Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. “O’Donnell and Meszaros have been great fifth and sixth defensemen. On another team, they may be third, fourth guys so you look around the room, Kimmo [Timmonen] played some great minutes and playing the best hockey of his career so we’re excited about it.”

“It doesn’t matter,” added Danny Briere. “We can’t just rely on him. Obviously, it’s nice when he’s in the lineup, he’s a big piece of the puzzle. We played a lot of games without him and we were successful. We can’t sit back and hope that – if he plays – he’s going to change everything. We all have a job to do and that’s what we have to focus on.”

The Bruins are playing coy and saying they’re focused on themselves prior to Game 2.

“Is he hurt? I didn’t even know,” Bruins center David Krejci said. “I’m just focusing on my game. That’s all I can do.”

“I don’t know. I’ve never played them without Pronger,” added Bruins forward Chris Kelly. “Obviously, he’s a great player, and he’s a big impact for their team, just like Zdeno Chara is for us. I think both teams are lucky to have those players.”


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