After another loss to the New York Rangers, Kimmo Timonen had to get some things off of his chest. Everything he said was 100% spot on.
Questioning the heart of this team right now is fair, and if I'm going to be alright with someone in this locker room doing it, it's going to be Timonen. No one works harder than him, and he plays injured. He is a fearless shot blocker and leaves every bit of energy he has on the ice.
So with that said, give it to them, Kimmo.
Q: Was the big difference in this game the special teams?
“Well obviously they got three [power play] goals, so it was huge. We were disappointed with the effort actually. The emotional level, playing against the top team in the conference…league…to be honest I think we got half the guys going half the guys not.”
Q: Right from the beginning?
“Well, that was my opinion. You might have seen differently but that’s what I saw.”
Q: Did you voice that concern in the dressing room after the game, or even between periods?
“Well I think everyone realized we could’ve played better. It was a tie game, 2-2, but still, I felt like we could’ve pushed more and pressured more, but they got another two points.”
Can't disagree with one thing he said. Not one.
The most interesting answer that Timonen gave involved a possible shot at the Flyers goalie situation. Maybe. You decide.
Q: Is it concerning to you that this is a team that, right now, looks like it’s going to win the Eastern Conference. They just seem like they’re consistently a lot better than you guys.
“They play the system every night. They play the same way every night. There are no surprises and if there is a breakdown the goalie makes the save. They block a ton of shots and somehow they get the job done. Like I said, it was a top team and that’s why they’re at the top. They play the same way every night, they work hard, they do the same system every night and their goalie plays very well every night.”
Ryan Suter, where you at?