In the afterglow of winning the Cup, some of the best and most candid interviews take place. Drunk on pure
euphoric bliss, often times players will say whatever they are feeling in the moment.
Think back to 1992. Clearly still bitter over how his tenure with the Flyers ended, Rick Tocchet exclaimed in a post-Cup winning celebration with the Penguins: "Pittsburgh is the best city in Pennsylvania, man... it's the best city in the world, but it's the best city in Pennsylvania! I think you know what I mean."
Now 2010... Enter Adam Burish. "Can you tell us what you really think about Chris Pronger now?"
Naturally Philly fans are up in arms over the comments of a scratched player harshly criticizing a decorated opponent after a win. Check the comments on this video link, and any other place discussing Burish's comments, and you will find many references to the word "classless" from Flyers fans.
However, was Burish any less classy with his unkind words than the player who nabbed the game winning goal pucks, not once, but twice, while skating for the losing team?
Let us not forget that Pronger was lauded in the press for being "a leader" by putting the focus on himself after losses. Succinctly: he "asked for it." Therefore, it should come as no surprise that when his attention seeking tactics end in failure, that the victims of his gimmickry have little respect for him.
In Games 5 and 6, Pronger functioned as little more than a pylon for Chicago's scorers.
Did Burish answer the question with a measured response in a true sense of class and sportsmanship? No
Was he incorrect in his assessment of Pronger's antics and most recent performance? Absolutely not.