Pronger-less Flyers may lose Timonen

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ With Chris Pronger recovering from a broken foot, the Flyers’ defense is falling to pieces.

    In the last two games, the Flyers have been outscored, 11-2.

    And after Tuesday's embarrassing 6-2 loss in Vancouver, it was announced the defense had absorbed another blow.

    Defenseman Kimmo Timonen suffered a lower-body injury, according to GM Paul Holmgren. He did not say if Timonen will miss time, but he did not play in the final 12 minutes of Tuesday's blowout.

    Maybe it was a precautionary measure. Or maybe the Flyers' defense is about to take another hit.

     More will be known about Timonen when he is re-examined Wednesday, when the Flyers are practicing in suburban Los Angeles.

     Tuesday's 6-2 defeat followed a 5-0 loss to lowly Florida on Dec. 20.
    It was a shooting gallery Tuesday for goalies Brian Boucher (four goals in 25:21) and Sergei Bobrovsky (two goals in 34:39) as the Flyers allowed a season-high 49 shots.
     Braydon Coburn, Jeff Carter and Timonen were each minus-3, but there was blame to be spread around the whole team.
     Danny Briere said the team has played “soft” in the last two games.
    The eight-day layoff may have affected the Flyers in the first period, Briere said, "but after that, there's no excuse. We just got outplayed. We didn't compete hard enough. The Flyers are known to be a team that's tough to play against. They're relentless, they're always on you."
     Briere paused.
    "The last couple games we've been a very soft team. We've been easy to play against and we're not winning any battles," he added. "If we keep playing that way, it won't take long. We'll disappear."
    Vancouver won 66 percent of the face-offs.
    "Neither game is acceptable," coach Peter Laviolette said. "There has to be a lot more intensity to what we do."
     “From the first shift I was out there, we turned pucks over and gave them momentum right off the bat and we couldn’t recover,” Mike Richards said. “After a long break, you want to have the best first period you can and we didn’t.”
     Added Richards: “Give them credit. They came out and played well and they were opportunistic. They shot the puck from everywhere.”
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    Jody Shelley could be suspended again after drawing a match penalty for punbcing Andrew Alberts in the face late in the game.
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