There is a certain amount of fear you hear in the voices of players when they talk about someone like Chris Pronger. áBehind the facade of toughness and testosterone, any time a forward has to face Pronger, there's a reverence and sense of doom whenever you hear them comment on Pronger's play. It's like they're speaking of their own demise. When Henrik Lundquist has spoken in postgame sessions, his eyes widen and he looks crazed when he talks about his team, and behind those words, he keeps coming back to the same things: Play in front of his net. In the post-lockout NHL, one trend has overtaken all. áThat's the size of the players in front of the goal. áSome teams are great at clearing opposing forwards from in front of their netminder, others, not so much. Take the New Jersey Devils, ...
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