Kimmo Timonen, Jaromir Jagr

Timonen on Wednesday’s win: “We got lucky”


The Philadelphia Flyers pulled off a huge comeback win in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but can they do it again? Kimmo Timonen hopes they don’t have to find out.

“To be honest, I think we got lucky last night,” Timonen said. “We didn’t start the way we wanted to start. It’s not easy building a play against the top team in the league, so that’s why I say we got lucky. Tomorrow we have to be a totally different team in the first period.”

Timonen referring to more than just Danny Briere’s offside goal.

The Flyers are one of the best teams in the NHL when it comes to bouncing back after giving up the first goal, but the Penguins shouldn’t be underestimated. A lot had to go right for the Flyers to escape Game 1 with a win. Under similar circumstances, they might not be so lucky next time. Philadelphia has the edge in the series now, but the Penguins aren’t against the ropes yet.

As Timonen said, they need to come out strong on Friday if they want to take advantage of their “lucky” win.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.