I've been away the last few days for a family event but I did get to watch Game 3 on tape delay Saturday night and I just have this to say: Wow. Hell of a game. Ottawa showed up, the Ducks stayed with them, there was chippiness and passion and goal-scoring - all good things.
The biggest thing to come out of Saturday's game, though, was the one-game suspension of Chris Pronger for his high hit on Dean McAmmond. McAmmond would not return and Pronger was not penalized. What makes this even more interesting is the fact that it is Pronger's second suspension in the last two series, both times for high hits.
I'll admit that Pronger isn't one of my favorite players but I've never considered him a particularly dirty player before. It's hard to tell if he's really gunning for peoples' heads or if he's just so big that he forgets his elbows are where most peoples' heads happen to be.
You be the judge - first take a look at his tag team hit on Holmstrom (aka suspension #1):
Now check out the hit on McAmmond (aka suspension #2):
So what's the verdict? Is he a dirty player? A careless player? A little of both? Since he's spent his career in the West I haven't seen him play all that much, so you Western Conference faithful should feel free to weigh in with your impressions.
Talk amongst yourselves...