BOSTON _ Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien didn’t call Flyers defensemen Chris Pronger a dirty player.
But the implication was there.
“We all know,” Julien said on Sunday, “Chris Pronger takes liberties sometimes.”
Pronger, who got into a high-sticking scrum with Boston’s Mark Recchi in Game 1 that resulted in the Flyers getting a power play, didn’t take Julien’s bait.
“I just worry about my game and let the rest of them do the talking,” he said after Monday’s morning skate.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, perhaps sensing that Julien was trying to get the referees' attention, defended Pronger.
“I thought his game was pretty clean,” he said. “That Mark Recchi guy seemed to want to take a couple runs at Pronger. I thought Prongs’ game was pretty good. I didn’t see him really taking liberties. I saw him competing hard in battles. He had the altercation with Mark, but that’s Chris’ job, just like (Zdeno) Chara’s job on the other side is to try to play our skilled guys with an edge.”
Game 2 is Monday night, and the Flyers _ who seemed relaxed and confident after the morning skate _ will try to even the series.
In the four previous playoff meetiings between the teams, the Game 2 winner has won the series.