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Told that Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger was on the ice for every goal scored by the Blackhawks, Dave Bolland's eyes lit up and his jaw dropped.

"Pronger was?" the pesky center said. "Oh, good. That's good."

Laughter from the media scrum ensued and Bolland was all smiles. No player has garnered more headlines for his roles on and off the ice than Pronger. A day doesn't go by that the Hawks aren't asked about him --- and it started days before the finals as the Pronger-Dustin Byfuglien matchup engulfed the spotlight.

Pronger had the edge but Byfuglien grabbed it in Game 5 with a violent shove into the boards, a vigorous effort and a big night offensively. But Byfuglien didn't take any extra satisfaction in Pronger's bad night - at least he didn't say so.

"No, he's out there to battle," said Byfuglien, who had two goals and four points, which included an empty-net goal in the face of Pronger. "So am I. I'm going to try to get the best of him and be strong. That's all I have to do."

Questioned about Byfuglien's big night and his impact in Game 5, Pronger said, "I guess, he's well rested."

Now comes the daunting task of making life hard on the giant defenseman for the second consecutive game. Laviolette said Monday he expected Pronger to rebound. Patrick Kane felt the Hawks, who had new line combinations Sunday, were able to wear him down, considering he is averaging 30 minutes per game.

"You have to be aware he's probably going to bounce back with a better effort," Kane said. "If we can play like we did against him [in Game 5], it's going to make it tough on him and try to make him draw penalties and hopefully [we] score when he's in the penalty box."

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