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Power Play Blues… But Kimmo Was Logjammin

Feb 1, 2009, 10:55 AM EDT

We're not going to get too in-depth with a whole "what went wrong, what went right" thing here, because let's face it, not much can go right in a 4-0 loss to a weak team. The league's second best power play unit going 0-11 pretty much says it all. Meanwhile, the Flyers earned 40 PIM and gave up two power play goals.

Part of the reason for the futility was that Braydon Coburn, a key member of the special teams units, was out with the flu along with Randy Jones. Luca Sbisa got some ice time to fill in, and he played okay, but John Stevens relied a lot more on Mike Richards and Kimmo Timonen, who did everything but score.

Richie spent some time as the PP QB, a position he played last season, and Kimmo logged a massive 29:31 of ice time. Neither of the Blues' two regular strength goals came with Kimmo on the ice, so he finished at even, and he also managed to put six shots on goal.

Other than Kimmo's huge (yet largely fruitless) effort, the only things we had to stick-tap for were fights by Richie and Asham fights, both wins. The captain didn't like the way the game was going, and you know he doesn't mind trying to turn it around with his bare hands.

It wasn't enough to get the Flyers on the board, but we applaud the effort. 24 hours after scoring two goals and adding an assist, Richie wouldn't go down without a fight.


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