PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will likely miss the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of a blood clot in his ankle.
Philadelphia general manager Paul Holmgren said Timonen was hit with a shot in Game 4 against Montreal. The Flyers eliminated the Canadiens in five games and will open the next series at Pittsburgh on Friday night.
"We have to view this that he's not a player for us in the series, and march on," Holmgren said Thursday night.
Timonen is the Flyers' top defenseman and played a crucial role in shutting down Washington's Alex Ovechkin for most of the seven-game, first-round series. Timonen was fantastic at anticipating plays, attacking Ovechkin with the puck and taking away space to create easy goals.
He was just as effective against Montreal's Alex Kovalev, and was being counted on to limit Pittsburgh's top forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Holmgren said Timonen, who didn't make the trip to Pittsburgh, is injured right where he ties up the skate.
"Obviously, you can't replace a player that does what Kimmo does for us," Holmgren said.
Jaroslav Modry or Ryan Parent will fill Timonen's roster spot.
Timonen was injured in Game 3 against the Capitals after he slammed into the net, and crashed his right shoulder against the camera mounted inside. He didn't miss any games.
Timonen played Game 5 against the Canadiens, but Holmgren said the stud defenseman continued to complain about his injury. Timonen, who has six assists in the postseason, is on blood thinners.
"If he gets hit again, a lot of problems could arise," Holmgren said.