On Wednesday night, just moments after his team had been presented with the Stanley Cup, Blackhawks forward Adam Burish ripped Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger after a bitter and hard-fought six-game series.
"I think Chris Pronger's the biggest idiot in the league," Burish said. "I can't stand the guy one bit. I hope I never have to see him again, and if I see him out there I might punch him."
Two days after Burish called out Pronger, the 6'6 blueliner responded with his usual brand of cheekiness, echoing some fans' sentiments that Burish's statement wasn't necessarily the classiest thing a player could say about his opponent right after claiming Lord Stanley's silver chalice.
"If you're going to make a comment like that five minutes after you win the Stanley Cup, you've probably got better things to worry about," he said.
"Did he play?" Pronger asked reporters in deadpan fashion.
"Three games," one responded.
"There you go," he answered calmly.
One reporter then told Pronger about Burish's comment that he would hit Pronger the next time he saw him.
"Where's that, in the minors?" Pronger retorted to laughter.
Aside from being on the receiving end of several hard hits on the ice, Pronger had also been attacked off of it; earlier in the series, the Chicago Tribune had published a picture of "Chrissy Pronger" featuring the defenceman in a dress.
The 35-year-old had come under fire in Chicago partially for his chippy play but moreso for taking the game pucks after the final buzzer had sounded in the first two games of the Cup Final, both wins for the Blackhawks.
Pronger had four assists and was a plus-three in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, putting up 22 hits and blocking 20 shots in a losing cause against Chicago, who claimed the seven-game series 4-2.