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Timonen on Penguins’ rough stuff: “It’s not working for them”

Apr 15, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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The Pittsburgh Penguins racked up 89 penalty minutes compared to the Philadelphia Flyers’ relatively puny 59. There were plenty of moments of “old time hockey” within those infractions, but two hits late in the game by James Neal (one on Sean Couturier, the other on Claude Giroux) and one early by Arron Asham received the most attention.

Those hits didn’t generate a win, obviously, which Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was quick to point out to Dave Isaac.

“If they think they’re gonna win that way, it’s not working for them,” Timonen said.

The Penguins might want to heed Timonen’s advice to keep their heads. The Flyers are taking advantage of mental errors by Pittsburgh to hurt them on the scoreboard. Philly scored on three of its six power play opportunities while the Penguins only went 1-for-7 in Game 3 – and they allowed a shorthanded goal to boot. So, essentially, the Flyers’ special teams unit was a +3 on Sunday, which should provide ample evidence that Dan Bylsma should preach for his troops to keep their cool.

Here are the two checks that most clearly showed the Penguins losing their collective cool (and two hits that might just get the attention of Brendan Shanahan & Co.):

Asham’s cross-check on Brayden Schenn:

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Neal’s hit on Couturier:

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  1. phillyphever - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Haglein suspended for 3 games. Ashem’s screwed and Neal’s gonna get something.

    • buckeye044 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      I’ll believe it when I see it from Shanneban. I don’t think he has the guts to suspend multiple guys from one team.

    • clubdrunk18 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Flyers losers since 75. Kimonen got his ass kicked by Letang. He needs to shut up. He fights like a girl. He got in a turtle position quick!

      • phillyphever - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        Whatever helps you sleep at night pal.

      • ematusko - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:02 PM

        Timmonen never fights. If LeTang beats up LaPierrier then we’ll annoint him. I’d rather win a game than watch some girl-haired defenseman win a fight. Wah.

      • danphipps01 - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM

        Yeah, he should have manned up like Crosby and let the ref interfere with his opponent before throwing a sucker punch.

      • sgtr0c - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        Umm, Letang’s defensive squad gave up 16 goals in the last two games……….how tough is he now?

      • biasedhomer - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        Do you really expect a 37 year old who never fights and will retire in a year or two to fight well against someone who is over 10 years younger than him, with the energy of youth?

  2. atb4 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    I’ve been a Penguins fan all of my life, and I’ve never seen anything like I have today. Completely embarrassing display. I understand being frustrated and maybe taking a whack here and there, but attacking the Flyers players is ridiculous and pointless. There is no trash talking any Penguin fan can do, because it’s not warranted. The Penguins are making Lemieux look bad, and it’s embarrassing. The series is probably all but over, but no matter how many more games there are I really hope we don’t see anything like today.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      A penguins fan all your life and you missed every game Matt Cooke played? What about last year against the islanders? Making Lemieux look bad? Biggest whiner in NHL history. If you’re a lifelong pens fan, you must be one year old. I commend you on reading and writing poorly during your infancy.

      • atb4 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        ?

    • orangegesus - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      I understand frustration at losing, but head-hunting isn’t professional – which these guys are. I used to hate, but somewhat respect the Pens – not anymore. Props to a Pens fan for being unbiased and real. And I don’t know wtf that dude is talking about either…

    • ml3939 - Apr 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      I am lifelong Flyers’ fan and can’t imagine why flyersgoalscoredby88 is attacking this post. There is a lot of trash to be talked in these comment sections and many people who deserve to be verbally assaulted for their inane thoughts and commentary but atb4 stated nothing that should be condemned. It is great to talk trash and go back and forth when warranted but to try insult him is ignorant. You have Pens fans still trashing the Flyers and revering the Pens (genopringles, bobhpine, etc) which is immature. To just attack him for being a Pens fan is as childish, if not more so. Be happy the Flyers won and show respect to others who do not have the same rooting interest as you but are willing to criticize the team they are passionate about.

  3. stevedurbano - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Other than the odd cheap shot today’s game looked more like figure skating than hockey. There were more hits in any random 5 minutes of last night’s Blues/Sharks game than in the entire Pen/Flyer game today.

    • somekat - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      You are right. There more than 74 hits in every other nhl game

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