What the Puck? Where's the Brotherly Love?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A stolen puck, a thrown towel, and tensions before game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. (Published Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010)

    The gloves are off and tensions are heating up as the quest for the Stanley Cup moves to Philadelphia for game three.

    Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger got into it with Hawks winger Ben Eager after Monday’s game and swiped the puck off of the ice, something usually reserved for the winning team.

    "He's been picking the pucks up after the game, and I just told him he can keep it, " Eager said.

    After the verbal exchange, Pronger was seen on camera throwing a towel at Eager.

    "I couldn't hear him, I don't speak gibberish," Pronger said, fanning the flames with the Philadelphia media.

    And the puck?

    "It's in the garbage," he said. "Where it belongs."

    Hoping he got under Eager's skin, Pronger said, “I guess it worked, didn't it? It's too bad. I guess little things amuse little minds."

    But Patrick Sharp says the games off the ice don’t matter much,

    "I didn’t even know he took the puck until I saw the clip this morning and it doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t even think twice about it. If he wants it he can have it. We’re thinking about hockey between the whistles and during the 60 minutes so if he wants it he can go grab it," said Sharp.

    Flyers coach Peter Laviolette seemed to agree.

    "I don't know what else they're going to do because we stole their puck," he said, adding that it wasn't addressed in the team meeting.

    ''We did not talk about who is going to steal the puck in Game 3.''