BOSTON — In response to a question Sunday about the Mark Recchi-Chris Pronger shoving match that resulted in a Philadelphia power play in Saturday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and Flyers, Bruins head coach Claude Julien accused Pronger of playing outside the rules a bit.
“We know that Chris Pronger takes liberties on players at times, and at one point you’ve got guys pushing back. And that’s what Mark Recchi decided to do,” Julien said.
Today after his team’s morning skate at TD Garden in preparation for Game 2, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette responded to Julien’s accusation.
“I thought his game was pretty clean,’ Laviolette said. “I mean, that Mark Recchi guy there seemed to want to take a couple runs at Pronger. So I thought Prongs’ game was pretty good. I didn’t see him really taking liberties. I saw him competing hard in battles and he had the altercation with Mark. That’s Chris’s job just like it’s [Zdeno] Chara’s job on the other side to play our skilled guys with an edge. But I didn’t see him do anything illegal.”
Pronger might not have taken liberties in Game 1, but he has been suspended six times since 2000, including twice in the 2003 playoffs, for play outside the parameters of league rules.