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Flyers’ Kimmo Timonen ‘mad’ about being taken off top PP line

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Kimmo Timonen was embarrassed and angry.

Embarrassed at himself. Angry at coach Craig Berube.

For the first time in his Flyers career, he’s been demoted from the top power-play unit to the leading D-man on the second unit as the Flyers prepare to face the Rangers on Thursday.

Timonen is a player whose 29 points last season were seventh-best among NHL defensemen, and his 17 power-play points were third-best among a group of guys like P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov and Shea Weber.

This year? Timonen has yet to register a point while racking up 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading nine giveaways through eight games.

“Obviously, I have played power play for 15 years now, so it is a big deal,” Timonen said. “But I am an old-school type of guy and I always feel you have to earn your spot on a power play or penalty killing.

“And when you get taken out of a power play, I take that as, 'You have to be better.'”

- Tim Panaccio, CSNPhilly.com

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