The Flyers fell 5-3 to the New Jersey Devils for their fourth loss against an Atlantic Division opponent but the biggest loss wasn’t in the standings.
Kimmo Timonen never returned to the ice after the second period. Paul Holmgren didn’t say much other than he is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
If Timonen is on the shelf for even a few games, it will be a huge blow to the already depleted Flyers blue line. Not only is Timonen their best defenseman, he has helped turn Luke Schenn’s game completely around.
The defense has been the weakness all season and this game was no different. The Flyers made costly turnovers and after the first period, their forecheck was basically non-existent.
Travis Zajac opened up the scoring for the Devils just 40 seconds into the game but the Flyers came back with three goals scored by Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Mike Knuble in less than three minutes to finish the first with a 3-1 lead.
The Devils made it a one-goal game 26 seconds into the second period when Martin Brodeur lobbed a dead-on pass to center ice to Ilya Kovalchuk who fed it Alexei Ponikarovsky. Patrik Elias tied the game at three after yet another Flyers turnover.
The Flyers have been tied after two periods four times this season. They have come out with zero points in each.
David Clarkson broke the tie with his tenth goal on the season and Steve Bernier put the cherry on top with an empty netter when Peter Laviolette pulled Ilya Bryzgalov with a little less than two minutes left to play.
Bryzgalov has been the Flyers best player so far this season and even in a game where he looked a little rusty, the players in front of him didn’t help make his job any easier. Between the leaky defense and the offense going cold, the blame can be spread all around the locker room.
The Flyers are headed to Montreal to play the Canadiens Saturday night for the second game of this back-to-back.