Flyers-Penguins: Kimmo Timonen To Play in Game Five

Rupert PupkinCorrespondent IMay 18, 2008

PITTSBURGH- After the Flyers finished their final practice before Sunday's game 5, Kimmo Timonen remained on the ice to take a personal skate time to better decide if he could participate today against the Penguins. 

The Flyers face elimination once again as they hope to be the third team in NHL history to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

"Kimmo is just one of those invaluable guys who you just can't replace," said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

After experiencing a blood-clot from getting hit in the leg with a puck, Timonen was put on blood thinners.  The doctors and Timonen were surprised by his progress.  He made his decision last night to come off the blood thinners and play in Game five today in Pittsburgh.

Even with the return of Timonen, the Flyers have a long road ahead of them to the Stanley Cup Finals. 

However, the Flyers do have this in their favor: Rubin Frank of 610 WIP reported that every 33 years a team has come back from 3-0. 

This is the thirty-third year since it happened last in 1975.