We’ve certainly had our fair share of puck thieves recently during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Chris Pronger stole pucks from the Chicago Blackhawks on multiple occasions when the two met in the Stanley Cup Finals, though the puck that Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal with in Game 6 was never found.
A similar situation occured with the Los Angeles Kings, who won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history this season. After winning the sixth game of the series, in a blowout of a game, the puck was nowhere to be found.
In a game that was deciding long before the final horn sounded, it shouldn’t have been much of an issue to find the puck. But after the Kings trounced the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to capture the Cup, the puck was lost.
It was believed that it was Patrik Elias that lifted the puck after Game 6. He denied it on more than one occasion. As it would turn out, it was Elias that had it after all.
Apparently, Elias checked his equipment bag an extra time, and discovered that he actually had the puck. Whether or not he actually didn’t realize he had it or not, only Elias knows.
The puck will be sent to the LA Kings now that it has been found, which should come as no surprise. Elias is a class act and whether he stole the puck or not, it’s good that it will be heading for Hollywood. Maybe Elias should have a chat with Chris Pronger.