Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 12/10/11
The last time the Philadelphia Flyers faced the Tampa Bay Lightning, captain Chris Pronger declared that Bolts don't play hockey when they're in the 1-3-1 defensive system orchestrated by Coach Guy Boucher. "It's not hockey in my book," he said after the Lightning's 2-1 overtime victory on Nov. 9. "But whatever. The league is letting them do it. Would you pay money to watch that?'' Pronger led the Flyers' protest against the system in the first period, ragging the puck in their own end and refusing to advance into the Lightning trap. The Bolts refused to forecheck the Flyers into moving the puck. Referee Rob Martell, handcuffed by the rule book, blew the whistle twice for defensive zone draws. After the first one, the Flyers began advancing the puck — but only to their own blue line. The stalemate made for train-wreck television on VERSUS and opened a League-wide debate about the validity defensive systems. On Saturday night, the teams meet again, this time in Philadelphia. Maybe you
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