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Kimmo Timonen criticizes teammates “emotional level”

Feb 11, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT


The way the Philadelphia Flyers have been playing lately, maybe they could use a kick in the rear. Enter Kimmo Timonen.

“I’m a little disappointed at the effort, the emotional level, a top team in the conference and league and to be honest. We got half the guys going and half not,” he said following the Flyers 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. “That was my opinion. You might see differently, but that is what I saw. It’s a big game for us and I was expecting more. It was tight game, they got three power play goals, we didn’t score any.”

When asked about the impact Chris Pronger’s absence has had on their squad, Timonen added, “He’s not here and we all should get by that by now – he’s not coming back.” Maybe this is Timonen’s way of trying to fill the leadership void left by Pronger. One thing is for sure, the Flyers, for all the talent they have on their team, are still giving their fans plenty of reasons to be concerned as we edge towards the playoffs.

This is just another subplot to keep in mind as the Philadelphia Flyers head to Detroit for Sunday’s big game. Detroit will be attempting to tie an NHL record with their 20th straight home win, meanwhile the Philadelphia Flyers will just be fighting to right their ship after losing four of their last five contests.

  1. psujay - Feb 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    That 20 game home win streak just doesn’t mean as much with shootout wins involved.

  2. brian32556 - Feb 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    When your coach still believes in sending in “goons” like Destito and Rinaldo when you’re down 5-2 with 7 minutes left, you have to wonder what the mentality of the team is. They’re still acting like the Broad Street Bullies instead of a professional hockey team. That doesn’t work anymore. The league and the refs won’t stand for it.

    • kneary47 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      guess you feel you didn’t get enough attention with that comment last thread? I also guess you never heard of a coach trying to get a team fired up by sending out his hitters and fighters. With 7 minutes left a game is not out of hand at a three goal lead. If he did that with 2 minutes left, fine you might have a point. But sending out your energy line to try and gain momentum is not sending out the “goons” like its broad st bullies. But I guess you probably bring up throwing snowballs at Santa any chance you get too

      • brian32556 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        Energy line?!?! Really!! That’s hilarious. Tom Sestito was a goon growing up (I’m in his hometown) and he’s been nothing but a goon in the pros. At least his brother Tim has some skills. And Rinaldo is just an iteration of Daniel Carcillo – they both make Sean Avery look tame!

      • mj2sexay - Feb 12, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        I think after watching that chicken-$h!t move Rinaldo pulled on Parise, we can remove the quotes that you put around goon. The guy’s a piece of garbage. Sestito isn’t much better.

  3. tribesofneurot - Feb 12, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    I hope Detroit dismantles the Cryers.
    That Broad Street Bullies label is so lame now. It’s 2012 not 1975.
    Which by the way is the last time the Cryers won the cup.
    36 years and still counting.

  4. bleed4philly - Feb 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    We are effed

  5. jimeejohnson - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Flyers have 7th best point total in hockey, but have also allowed the 7th most goals in the league. Losing to the Rangers, who have the second most points in the league, is not so bad, but getting beat by so much and losing the last 7 in a row to them, is not good.

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