Hawks look to address Pronger acts
PHILADELPHIA -- Chicago Blackhawks fans apparently aren't the only ones frustrated with the play of Philadelphia Flyers' defenseman Chris Pronger during the first three games of the Stanley Cup finals.
Pronger played a key role in the Flyers' 4-3 overtime win Wednesday, which trimmed the Hawks' series lead to 2-1.
"There are forums and mechanisms for us to get our messages across," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday. "There were a couple [questionable plays] for sure late in the game. There was one that got my attention, whether it's stick use or obstruction, we'll keep an eye on it."
Quenneville is talking about Pronger's propensity to use his stick while guarding opponents in the slot, at least in one case obstructing a player after he dumped the puck in the offensive zone. Each playoff series has a supervising official, and in the finals it's Mike Murphy.
"We discuss -- and [Murphy] will discuss -- what we see with both teams when he [Murphy] has his meetings with the teams," NHL executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell told ESPN.com via e-mail.
In any playoff series, both head coaches routinely talk with the series supervisor to discuss officiating or any other on-ice issues.
Dustin Byfuglien has been the recipient of Pronger's wandering stick, but he isn't complaining -- at least not too much.
"He gets way with things sometimes," Byfuglien said. "You could call [it], but that's the way it is. There's not much you can do about it.
"It's not that bad. We're just out there battling for position."
Some of Byfuglien's teammates don't disagree with their coach's assessment.
"Sometimes you think it's going to be a for-sure penalty [with] the ref standing 10 feet away from him, and there's no call," Patrick Kane said. "Sometimes it's kind of unfair. He [Byfuglien] takes a couple of penalties that seem to be weak calls, and then he's just getting hounded and there's no call."
The Hawks can't change the past, but by letting the league know they don't necessarily agree with how things are being called, maybe it gets them a favorable whistle in the future.
"It would be nice to get a few calls," Byfuglien said.
Pierre LeBrun contributed to this report. Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.
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