Thursday, March 26, 2015

Timonen, ex-Flyers help Finland reach semis

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen had an assist and helped Finland jolt host Russia on Wednesday, 3-1, to advance into the Olympic semifinals.

Timonen, ex-Flyers help Finland reach semis

Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen had an assist and helped Finland jolt host Russia on Wednesday, 3-1, to advance into the Olympic semifinals.

Two former Flyers defensemen _ Lasse Kukkonen and Ossi Väänänen _ also contributed as Finland moved into Friday's semifinals against top-seeded Sweden.

Finland shut down superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin.

"It sucks. What else can I say?" Ovechkin told reporters in Sochi.

Former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was stellar in relief for Russia. Semyon Varlamov started and allowed three goals on 15 shots. Failing to start "Bob," last year's Vezina Trophy winner, will be second-guessed by Russian fans until the next Olympics.

Flyers winger Jake Voracek and the Czech Republic dropped a 5-2 quarterfinal decision to Team USA, which got a goal from former Flyer James van Riemsdyk.

On Friday at noon, the US will meet Canada, which huffed and puffed before outlasting HEAVY underdog Latvia, 2-1.

The four Flyers Olympians whose teams have been eliminated _ Voracek, Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia), Michael Raffl (Austria) and Mark Streit (Switzerland) _ will report to the Flyers’ practice facility on Sunday, coach Craig Berube said.

Flyers return. The non-Olympian Flyers will return to practice Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Voorhees. The Flyers are hoping the Olympic break doesn’t curtail the momentum they built by winning their last four games.

Practice is free and open to the public.

5 Phantoms suspended.  Five Adirondack Phantoms were suspended by the AHL Tuesday because of their involvement in a wild brawl during their 2-0 loss Sunday to host Portland.

Center Kris Newburry, who has 13 goals, received the stiffest suspension _ four games. Goalie Cal Heeter (three games) and forwards Zack FitzGerald (two), Ben Holmstrom (two) and Tye McGinn (one) were also suspended.

Kyle Hagel (two games) was the only Portland player suspended.

The teams were assessed 329 penalty minutes, including 195 for the Phantoms.

The Phantoms host Albany on Friday, then face Bridgeport on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

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