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Flyers top Blackhawks, lose Kimmo Timonen

Jan 5, 2012, 10:29 PM EDT

James van Riemsdyk AP

The Philadelphia Flyers attained a sliver of payback for the 2010 Stanley Cup finals by winning a thriller against the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Unfortunately, as per their custom, a great win came at what could be a heavy cost.

The Flyers’ rapidly thinning defense corps took what could be a big hit as Kimmo Timonen left the game twice with what’s being called an upper-body injury, according to Sam Carchidi. It’s quite possible that it won’t be a major issue, but Flyers Goal Scored By captured what could be a fearful scenario:


(Note: Lilja isn’t very good.)

Doom and gloom aside, the Flyers took advantage of their explosive offense to win in regulation. Philly took a 4-2 lead in the second period thanks to a three-goal outburst in less than five minutes and then dug the knife in deep when James van Riemsdyk scored a power-play game-winner with about 30 seconds to go.

It won’t heal all the wounds from that championship defeat (I’d put it far lower on the revenge scale than the Miami Heat’s season-opening throttling of the Dallas Mavericks), but one cannot blame the Flyers for taking some satisfaction from this one.

After all, if Timonen is out for an extended period of time, these wins might get even tougher to come by.

  1. pkswally024 - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    5-4 not 4-3

  2. dcent87 - Jan 5, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    damn stright..go flyers!

  3. whittle79 - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Flyers suck Go wings !!

  4. firemarshal1 - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Flyer fans, dumb bullies. We injury/bash war heroes and cops, if they aren’t Flyer fans. Eagles/Flyers = No Championships – Priceless.

  5. danphipps01 - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Ouch. Down their top pairing. That cuts deep. Wonder if that’ll speed up a panic-driven trade for Tim Gleason or someone of that mold. If Timonen’s out long-term, they’ll have to make a trade or risk the season – between their now-thin D corps and Bryzgalov being one of the worst starters this year, any trade they’re forced to make will be brutally lopsided in favour of the other team.

  6. num1eaglesfanyo - Jan 6, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    her fireman fag flyers have 2 Stanley cups get your facts straight hater!

  7. rexadelphia8 - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    If the guy can’t fight then don’t instigate it wearing your flag in the wrong part of town. Know your surroundings havent you learned yet?

    • cshearing - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      You need counseling.

    • kellyb9 - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Yeah, I’m pretty sick of this mentality (I’m a flyers fan btw). While I completely agree, Philly’s reputation is largely overexaggerated. Every time something like this happens, we’re the first people to jump to the defense of Philadelphia and not condemn these goons. I’d assert that most Flyers fans on this blog including myself would realize what a moron we looked like if we got into a physical altercation with someone over which crest on our sweater looked the best. So rather than shift the blame to the victim, lets just all agree that everyone involved looked kind of stupid.

  8. phillyphever - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:38 AM

    I said it the minute they announced Pronger was out for the season, I’ll say it again with Kimmo getting injured every second: they need to get a big name defenseman on this team if they have any shot to compete against Boston and NYR for the Eastern Conference. And by at that I mean getting either Suter or Weber, not Gleason.

    • rarelyshaves - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      honestly if you guys are scraping out a one goal victory against us at this point in the season, your chances of beating NY/BOS are low.

      not trying to be a dick here for once, just saying we (CHI) are playing like absolute filth and it was a close game. NY and BOS have top notch D and CHI is like 27th…

      competition in the eastern conf. is much more fierce than the west this year.

    • pamelaruth - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

      Get your facts straight. Kimmo does not get “injured every second.” He has played in 223 consecutive games. What an idiot you are.

  9. comeonnowguys - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Did the Philly broadcast show the last penalty? Because the Chicago broadcast was just showing random shots–and then all of a sudden Patrick Kane’s in the penalty box. DVR was no help either.

    • markcycy - Jan 6, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      I am a flyer fan . I didn’t see it live while watching but they replayed it and Kane did
      get his stick up to i think it was matt reads face while he was releasing a shot. If it wasn’t called no one would have mentioned it. It was a penalty but even though i am
      a flyer fan i couldn’t believe it was called

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 6, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        It happens. It was just frustrating to watch at the time. Usually the CHI broadcast is top-notch, and they just kinda treated it as an “Oh, by the way….”

  10. markcycy - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    chi broadcast is comcast correct. Same as flyers. oh well it all evens out in the end

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Correct. On all three counts.

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