PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers falls to the ice after being hit in the face by a stick during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Beat Leafs, Lose Chris Pronger

The Flyers will be without their captain for up to two weeks after taking a high stick to the eye against Toronto

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Flyers GM On Pronger Injury - 'When He Returns, He'll Be Wearing A Visor'

The Chris Pronger injury has sparked debate regarding the usage of visors in the NHL and whether they should be required for all players to wear. Pronger was hit in the eye on a follow-through from Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski's shot on goal. He immediately feared the worse, a stick to the eye could be a career ending injury. The injury has caused many to entered the discussion on if the Players Union should mandate that everyone wear visors in the future. 

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren spoke with about this situation with the star defenseman. Holmgren was adamant about Chris Pronger's return saying, "When Chris comes back, he'll be wearing a visor. We made it mandatory in the American Hockey League. To me, it's not an issue - players should wear them. Obviously, some of these guys have been around a long time and for whatever reason they don't want to wear one.

He added, "I think the improvements with the visor over the last number of years, compared to what it was 10 or 15 years ago, are tremendous. Other than getting a little sweat on there sometimes, or maybe a little water, I don't think the visor is a big issue." 

For Chris, the issue may be a matter of pride. He's viewed as the unfaltering icon in Philly, the player who plays with an unrivaled confidence. His return could see him play with fear, knowing that he dodged a career ending bullet. 


Flyers Vs. Maple Leafs Score: Philadelphia Skates By Toronto 4-2

Mikhail Grabovski, don’t make the orange & black angry. You wouldn’t like them when they’re angry. The Philadelphia Flyers last night slammed the brakes on a two-fight losing streak by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philly won the game, but lost Chris Pronger in the process.

That’s because the Flyers’ captain was caught between a high stick and a hard place when Grabovski got a little overzealous with his wood while in puck's hot pursuit.

“It’s a very scary incident for Chris and all of us to come off the ice like that,” said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly. “He had a little bit of a cut on the outside of the right eye. The eye doctor [Stephen Goldman] checked him out thoroughly. "

"Over the next three or four days, no real concern other than swelling or something behind the eye. He’s going to be on bed rest for the next three days. The hope is he’ll be fine in a few weeks here.  He will see the eye doctor for the next four days"

Pronger left the game and perhaps re-energized a stagnant Philadelphia offense, who broke open a 1-1 tie in the second period before tacking on two more in the final frame.

Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell did all the heavy lifting, scoring two goals apiece with one assist. Phil Kessel snapped one in to put the Maple Leafs on the board early on and David Steckel’s tip-in later in the night pulled Toronto within two.

As in "too little, too late."

Both teams even out at 5-2-1 with 11 points following tonight’s action.

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Flyers Vs. Maple Leafs Score: Philadelphia Leads Toronto 2-1 End Of Second Period

The Philadelphia Flyers have welcomed the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Wells Fargo Center tonight (Oct. 24, 2011) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

At the end of the second period, the orange and black have pulled in front by a score of 2-1.

The big story tonight; of course, is the high stick injury to Flyers’ captain Chris Pronger, who was removed from the game in the first period after tasting wood from Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski.

More on that right here.

After Mike Komisarek left the Maple Leafs one man short for interfering with Brayden Schenn, the Flyers broke open a 1-1 tie when Scott Hartnell (with an assist by Daniel Briere) scored on the power play.

It was Philly’s second straight power play goal after Jaromir Jagr (assisted by Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen) snapped one in late in the opening frame to answer Phil Kessel, who put the Maple Leafs on the board just six minutes into the game.

Can the Flyers keep this one locked down without Pronger on the ice?

Stay tuned.


Chris Pronger Injury: Flyers Captain Out After Grisly High Stick

I know the Toronto Maple Leafs were eager to stick it to Chris Pronger and the Philadelphia Flyers, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t what they had in mind.

The Flyer’s captain was sliced open on a high stick by Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski halfway through the first period and immediately crumbled to the ice in pain.

The Miami Herald has the play-by-play:

With the puck at the low left circle in the Flyers end, Pronger attempted to get to the puck, but Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski got there first and took a swipe at the disc. Grabovski’s follow through went up and hit Pronger in the face, but no penalty was called on the play. Pronger immediately skated to the Philadelphia bench then went into the locker room.

No word yet on the extent of Pronger’s injury; however, keep it locked in to SB Nation Philly for further details to this developing story, as they become available.


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