It’s now a three game series.
Heading back to Philadelphia for Game Five, the Sabres and the Flyers have each scored eight goals apiece (excluding one empty netter) and are tied 2 games apiece. This is about as close as a series can get.
One thing that might upset the balance in this struggle is the loss of a few key cogs of the Flyers’ machinery – namely leading scorer Jeff Carter, captain Mike Richards, and defensive stalwart Kimmo Timonen.
Carter was lost to injury after a first period incidental knee/knee collision with Tyler Myers. Myers returned, but Carter did not, and is now listed as injured with a “lower body injury.”
Mike Richards may face a suspension after being accessed a five-minute penalty for elbowing Patrick Kaleta in the head late in the second period. Until the decision is made by the NHL, the Flyers are going to be holding their breath.
Kimmo Timonen went out of his way to assault Nathan Gerbe after the final horn sounded, spearing Gerbe straight up and square into his scrotum.
Here is a link to a video of the play. Gerbe delivered a check as time expired, and Timonen reacted with a very unfortunate choice. He was called for slashing on the play.
The play sparked a flurry of scrums, any of which could have lead to post-game fight suspensions. As it stands, only Timonen’s horrid little attempt to neuter Gerbe will be reviewed.
Spin the wheel of justice, folks.
UPDATE: Rule 28 of the NHL rulebook would be used if a suspension is indeed given to Timonen.
Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline
28.1 Supplementary Discipline – In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under these rules, the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.
If an investigation is requested by a Club or by the League on its own initiative, it must be initiated within twenty-four (24) hours following the completion of the game in which the incident occurred.