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'Puckgate' continues to befuddle Pronger, Hawks

Sunday, 01.23.2011 / 5:09 PM / NHL Insider

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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'Puckgate' continues to befuddle Pronger, Hawks
For a moment, it seemed like "Puckgate," from last season's Stanley Cup Final had finally been solved.
CHICAGO -- For a moment, it seemed like "Puckgate," from last season's Stanley Cup Final had finally been solved.

Following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Sunday, Philadelphia Flyers veteran defenseman Chris Pronger seemed to claim that he swiped the puck after Patrick Kane scored the series-clinching  in the Hawks' Game 6 overtime win in Philadelphia.

"Yeah, it'll wind up on eBay at some point," Pronger said, smiling. "All proceeds will go to charity. I have it. It's tucked away somewhere. It's going to go to charity."

The Blackhawks have been asked repeatedly if they know the whereabouts of the puck, but none have owned up to taking it -- or even remembering to get it.

Pronger seemed like a likely candidate after he was caught on video taking the puck after Game 2. Hearing him say he had it tucked away somewhere seemed like the end of the saga, but he soon realized that he'd misheard the question.

"Oh, you mean Game 6?" Pronger said. "I don't know where that puck is. I was on the bench. I thought you were talking about Game 2. I don't know where that puck is. I was a little disappointed at that point to skate all the way down there and take the puck. That might be a little much. If I'm on the ice and it's right in front of me, I might take it. I don't know. Maybe the ref has it."

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