PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' season-long four-game winning streak was halted Thursday, as they fell 3-2 to the New York Islanders in a shootout. They now have points in five-consecutive games, going 4-0-1 in that span.
After being sidelined all year with blood clots in his lungs and leg, Kimmo Timonen has been cleared to resume skating, the Flyers announced Thursday.
Timonen will be skating on his own for a period of seven-to-10 days, before joining the rest of the team. From there, a decision will be made as to his return to the lineup.
"It's been a long process," GM Ron Hextall said, "but in the end, Kimmo feels comfortable and we feel comfortable that the risk is minimal."
Timonen, 39, hasn't played since Game 7 of last year's first-round series against the New York Rangers, after being diagnosed with blood clots last summer.
He's maintained that he wants to end his career after walking off the ice with his "skates on," rather than being forced to leave due to injury. Whether or not Timonen will need to continue treatment on blood thinners is a matter that he will keep private, but for now, he and the Flyers organization have reason to be confident about his future.
"I kept that hope alive, I worked out really hard," Timonen said. "I feel really comfortable about skating and coming back."
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After what seemed like a long five days, the Flyers return to the ice on Thursday, taking on the New York Islanders in Metropolitan Division action.
The big storyline entering Thursday's game is Claude Giroux's bold statement from Monday that the Orange and Black "are a playoff team." He'll have the opportunity to back those words up over the next three games -- two of which are against sure-fire playoff contenders in the Islanders and Montreal, while one, Washington, is a bubble team.
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Giroux has reason to be upbeat. The Flyers are on a season-long four-game winning streak that has the team flying high. Despite that, the standings still offer slim hopes for playoffs. The Flyers are still 10 points out of a playoff spots with 31 games to go.
But the next three - the first of 12 in February - are the most crucial to Giroux's comments being fact or fiction.