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Flyers' Kimmo Timonen will miss rest of playoffs

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without one of their most important players for the rest of the playoffs, veteran defenceman Kimmo Timonen.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be without one of their most important players for the rest of the playoffs, veteran defenceman Kimmo Timonen.

Timonen, 33, has a blood clot in his left ankle.

"I got hit with a shot in Game 4 against Montreal," Timonen told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's been getting sorer and sorer every day. We thought we'd get it checked out because it didn't get better and they found a blood clot.

"This was just an awful day for me. I played in Game 5 in Montreal, but it was really hurting me. I have to be honest, I didn't expect this result. How many times in your life do you get a chance to play for this, with a chance to go to the Stanley Cup finals? This is just awful."

Timonen has manned the power play from the point for the Flyers as well as playing effective defence in the post-season. In 12 playoff games he recorded six assists and had a plus-5 rating.

He scored eight goals and 36 assists in 80 games this season, his first with Philadelphia after spending the first eight years of his career with Nashville.

In 653 career regular-season games, the native of Kuopio, Finland, has scored 87 goals and notched 258 assists.

With files from the Associated Press

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