"They're missing a couple key players, but … they've still been playing pretty well. They always play hard. They're good system-wise and if you're not ready to compete, you're going to lose the game. We have to go out there and compete and play a full 60 minutes."
-- Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on playing the Penguins
Just how long has it been since the Flyers and Penguins skated against one another?
It was Dec. 14 -- the Penguins were in the midst of a 12-game win streak, Sidney Crosby
was at game No. 19 of his 25-game scoring streak, and Evgeni Malkin
was a healthy, fearsome presence in the Penguins' lineup.
Malkin had a pair of goals that night and Crosby had a pair of assists, but the Flyers skated away with a 3-2 victory thanks to Scott Hartnell
's third-period goal and strong goaltending from Brian Boucher
, who stopped 21 of 23 shots.
A lot has changed since then -- Crosby suffered a concussion that has sidelined him for nearly three months, Malkin is out for the season with a knee injury and the Pens have suffered a rash of injuries that has seen them use 35 different skaters, the third-most in the League.