Stanley Cup 2010: Duncan Keith, Chris Pronger Solidify Status as Defensive Elite

June 5th, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »
There are so many superstars playing in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals that there seems to be a new hero every night—hence, the NHL’s "History Will Be Made" campaign.

But before the finals began, just like most years, it was obvious that two defensemen would play a pivotal role. Former teammates on Team Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Duncan Keith and Chris Pronger, have taken over the series with their back-and-forth defensive efforts each night.

Despite the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks have blown a 2-0 series lead, Keith has controlled the blue line and made things very tough for the Philadelphia Flyers offense.

The 26-year-old Keith has one goal and five points, and is a plus-two in four games thus far. He has also played over 30 minutes in back-to-back games.

Keith’s efforts are no different from his regular season, where he was recognized with his first Norris Trophy nomination. Pronger, on the other hand, was left high and dry, and snubbed of any chance of collecting his second Norris Trophy.

Pronger’s play was excellent during the regular season, but his defensive standards have rise ...

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