(Philadelphia, PA) – Flyers all-star defenseman Kimmo Timonen
suffered an upper body injury during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Wachovia Center on Tuesday night. He left the game in the second period and did not return after being pushed into the net by Washington’s Brooks Laich.
“We will know more [Wednesday],” said general manager Paul Holmgren. “Right now, we are just going to say that it is an upper body injury and he will be re-evaluated by our doctor and we will have a better idea.”
“He got hit from behind and went into the net,” said John Stevens. “He hit the back of the net. I don’t know if he hit the camera or the back of the net but he hit something at the back of the net.”
Holmgren and Stevens are hopeful that Timonen will not be out for an extended period of time.
“I briefly talked to [Flyers trainer] Jimmy [McCrossin], and he is hopeful for Thursday. I don’t think it is going to be too long. At least we hope not.”
“Kimmo is our best defenseman. The fact that he is hurt right now, and since we are uncertain about how bad it is, I’m concerned,” said Holmgren.
Timonen has one assist and +2 rating in three playoff games against Washington, while being matched up primarily against Alex Ovechkin and his line.