Back spasms limit Timonen

Anyone reading the event summary for the Flyers’ 7-4  victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, noticed an odd number next to defenseman Kimmo Timonen’s name — 15:06 of ice time.

CSNphilly.com is reporting that back spasms limited Timonen in the third period, forcing Braydon Coburn to (try and) pick up the slack.  Timonen did skate on Friday and will be in the lineup Saturday, when the Flyers take on Tampa Bay.

Timonen’s minutes were the second lowest for Flyers defenseman during the contest, just a few seconds more than spare tire blueliner Danny Syvret. The Finnish rear guard’s typical average is 22:49, which ranks him third on the Flyers behind Chris Pronger (26:09) and Matt Carle (23:22).

34-year old Timonen,  has been fighting an aching back and injured foot for most of the season.

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