Timonen back, Coburn still sidelined for Flyers

PITTSBURGH -- 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.

Timonen's return did very little to spark the Flyers, however. Philadelphia bowed out of the Eastern Conference finals with a 6-0 loss.

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.

Braydon Coburn, meanwhile, was not in the lineup for Philadelphia. Coburn left early in Game 2 after taking a Hal Gill shot to the face.

According to CBC.com, Flyers coach John Stevens made the announcement earlier in the day.

Stevens said Coburn told him he "still doesn't feel quite right," after being struck in the left eye by a puck shot by the Penguins' Evgeni Malkin that deflected off a stick in Game 2.

Stevens told CBC.com that his defender has depth perception problems. He may also have concussion-like symptoms, though the club says he has not been so diagnosed.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.