PITTSBURGH (AP) -Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen returned for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh on Sunday after sitting out the first four games with a blood clot in his left ankle.
The blood clot, which developed after Timonen was struck on the foot by a puck during Game 4 against Montreal in the second round, was initially expected to sideline the All-Star defenseman for at least the Penguins series and possibly the rest of the playoffs.
After being re-examined by doctors Thursday, Timonen skated Friday and practiced Saturday. He was in the Flyers' starting lineup Sunday.
Timonen was told his condition couldn't worsen by playing, but that he must cope with numbness in his toes and pain in the ankle.
Timonen also is a point man on the Flyers' power play and is the defenseman usually assigned to the opposing team's top line.

Top NHL Public Bets

Advertisement

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Western Conference titans clash shortly John Gibson is acclimating quite nicely to his new role as the Ducks’ workhorse in net. Still, can the 23-year-old cool off the Blues tonight?
Thumbnail Elite netminders lock horns in Montreal Two of the NHL’s most explosive offenses are preparing to collide in Quebec. With Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist on the scene, however, will stellar...
Thumbnail Note goalie wades into hostile territory So far, Jake Allen's first season as the Blues' undisputed No. 1 netminder has not gone according to plan. But can he reverse the...
Thumbnail Ovechkin targets another major milestone It’s always a treat to see Eastern Conference powerhouses Pittsburgh and Washington do battle. Tonight’s meeting in the nation’s capital, however, should have...
Thumbnail Evenly matched teams tussle in Midwest David Backes spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with the Blues. Right now, though, he’s trying to lead Boston to its first...

NHL Team Pages