Kimmo Timonen Gets Emotional as Flyers Face Blackhawks
PHILADELPHIA — There's a framed picture on the wall of the Chicago Blackhawks' practice facility from five years ago and the sight of it is enough to make a Flyers fan sick.
One current Blackhawk can't stand it, either.
Patrick Kane's gloves are already off in the photograph as he skated down the Wells Fargo Center ice to celebrate with his goalie. Kane had just snuck a puck through the 5-hole of Flyers goalie Michael Leighton to win the 2010 Stanley Cup.
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Kimmo Timonen remembers this well. He tried to poke-check Kane as he shot the puck. He saw the rubber disc stuck in the right side of the net when others didn't know if it was in.
Five years later, Timonen and Kane are teammates. The Flyers traded Timonen to Chicago Feb. 27, a few days before the deadline, so that he had one last shot at winning that Cup.
Five years later, Timonen sees that photo and cringes every time.
"I can't really forget that," Timonen said. "I talked to (Kane, who is out of the lineup with a broken collarbone). I said, 'Can we take that picture out of the wall for two or three months?' It's been there for years. If you look back, it's a great memory, great run. We fell a little bit short, but when you look back, it's a great memory."
Now he's trying to make more.