Stop it right there. Timonen’s turnover and questionable defensive play
The Flyers were riding high prior to this goal. Jakub Voracek scored his 20th goal of the season to knot the game at 2-2.
Kimmo Timonen had some strange plays in the third period. First, earlier in the period, he had a ton of net to shoot at, but held to puck. This allowed Jonathan Quick to square up to the shot. There are few players in the league who can beat Jonathan Quick one-on-one and Kimmo Timonen is not one of them, especially when he’s shooting from the top of the left circle.
This was the play that set me off. Timonen is stripped of the puck at the blueline, which results in an odd-man rush for the Kings. Defensemen are taught from day one, when you are backchecking a two-on-one you take the pass away. I do not know what Timonen was thinking here when he tried to defend a player who Braydon Coburn already marked. Timonen’s decision to abandon Dwight King left him all alone to shoot on Ray Emery.
The Flyers had a tough game Monday night, but came out with a valiant third-period effort. They need to take that same energy from the third and bring it to New York for their game against the Rangers. The importance of Wednesday’s game cannot be overstated.