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Pronger loses his edge, and Flyers D goes soft @NHLdotcom

CHICAGO (AP) -Chris Pronger and Philadelphia's stiff defense suddenly went soft, and the Flyers are facing elimination.

After pushing Dustin Byfuglien and the Chicago Blackhawks around for the better part of the Stanley Cup finals, Pronger and his blueline mates ran out of steam in the 7-4 loss on Sunday night.

Pronger, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen were so good in front of goalie Michael Leighton while the Flyers won Games 3 and 4 and stormed back in this series. With the United Center crowd going eardrum-cracking crazy, however, the Blackhawks came out with a bundle of energy and scored three times in a six-minute span late in the first period.

The Flyers never recovered.

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