NEW YORK – It’s interesting on a Flyers team that has a good share of playoff experience despite missing the postseason last year, that defenseman Kimmo Timonen suggested that nerves could have played a part in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers in the first game of their opening Stanley Cup series.
“In my mind we didn’t play Flyers hockey, we were a little nervous maybe or something,” said Timonen, who played nearly 17 minutes and was a minus-2 in the opener. “We have to enjoy this moment and go out there and play our game and really enjoy it because you never know when you will be in this spot again. Overall I think everybody can give more.”
When asked if he could explain how a veteran team like the Flyers could be nervous for a playoff series, Timonen characterized the team in a different manner.
“I wouldn’t call it a veteran team, you can call it,” he said. “There are some guys who played in some playoff games but we have a young team.”