Flyers Without Carter, Richards, and Timonen for Game 5?

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.

Hell be ok ladies - dont you fret.

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.

Go Sabres.

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.


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2 Responses to Flyers Without Carter, Richards, and Timonen for Game 5?

  1. TimW says:

    No one will be suspended for game 5. Richards should have gotten 2 minutes not 5. He was trying to protect himself from the Kaleta hit. Definitely a penalty because of contact to the head but a 5 minute major was quite excessive. Kaleta is a piece of garbage by the way. He has easily been the dirtiest player in this series The post game scrum started because Gerbe took a run at Timonen as time expired. I keep reading on Buffalo sites that Timonen took a poke at Gerbe low. I didn’t see it. I take everyones word that it happened but the fact is Gerbe went after Timonen at the end of the game to start the scrum. Just celebrate the win with your team. No need to throw that last check in. That being said i really like Gerbe i think he’s a scrappy little guy. The officiating in this series has been pathetic. To even bring up possible suspensions is completely ridiculous. Sounds more like wishful thinking. If it wasn’t for Ryan Miller the Flyers would have swept. Ryan Miller is amazing. It must be incredibly enjoyable to watch him play week in and week out throughout a full season. Minus the cheap penalty on Carcillo I really enjoy watching him. With all the cheapshots Buffalo got away with this past game I hope you guys realize how ugly this series is about to get. I’m interested to see how you respond on your blogs when that physical play doesn’t go in your favor. Regardless good luck the rest of the way.

    • scottymcss says:

      If bringing up possible suspensions is ridiculous, then someone needs to inform the Philadelphia Inquirer of that. That publication brought up the possibility as well today. Otherwise, I have to agree that this series’ officiating has been woeful.

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