BOSTON - Limping to the Flyers' bus in the back of the TD Garden, Kimmo Timonen - still hampered by a broken toe - jokingly wondered about who was going to bring him his beer after last night's game.
In a postgame television interview, Timonen had been notified that he was the Bud Light Player of the Game.
Scott Hartnell should be Timonen's Joe Sixpack. He owes Timonen at least a few beers after a 3-1 win over the grizzly Boston Bruins.
Timonen bailed out Hartnell, who took his third penalty of the game with just 63 seconds remaining after the Flyers had clawed and scratched their way to a lead after trailing, 1-0, heading into the final frame.
On a broken play, Timonen took Boston's hard dump-in from the Flyers' corner and lofted it over the Bruins' waiting hands and sticks and into an empty net at the other end of the ice. The airborne puck didn't land until the other side of Boston's blue line.
Timonen's seemingly simple launch assured the Flyers just their third win in 13 games. It was their second win under new coach Peter Laviolette.
Suddenly, Timonen's broken toe or ailing back - for which he has received treatments this season - didn't feel so bad. Like the Flyers, courtesy of last night's win.
"It's been getting better," Timonen said. "It's going in the right direction. We're better than the way we've been playing. That game in New Jersey [on Saturday]. That's not us. We were horrible.
"You could tell in the locker room before the game that everyone was ready to go. Everyone wants to win. We were really desperate."
Vladimir Sobotka's goal with just 1:28 remaining in the second period looked like it was going to doom the Flyers. After all, Boston was 11-1-0 this season when scoring first. And the Flyers, well, they haven't put up much of a fight when trailing recently.
Instead, with their backs against the wall, they strung together their best 20-minute stretch in more than a month to down a team that earned 18 of its last possible 22 points.
"I felt we played a terrific period from start to finish," Laviolette said. "I thought we skated. I thought we possessed the puck. I thought we shot. We looked for offense. We didn't sit back."
Arron Asham helped start the Flyers' engine just 2:48 into the third period when he found James van Riemsdyk streaking to the net. Van Riemsdyk pushed a one-timer behind Tim Thomas to knot the game at one and net his first goal in 12 games.
"I try not to worry about my personal statistics," van Riemsdyk said. "It definitely feels good to get this win. Everyone is pretty fired up about it. It took all 20 guys out there to really pull our weight."
Fourth-liner Jon Kalinski setup the Flyers' go-ahead goal less than 8 minutes later. Kalinski's drive to the net was eventually kicked back to Timonen at the point, where his slap shot deflected off Blake Wheeler's skate and past a stunned Thomas 10:28 into the third period.
"He had a really strong game tonight," Laviolette said. "He was strong on the puck. He used his speed. He established his shot off the drive."
The Flyers' defense put in a gritty effort without Braydon Coburn, who was back in Philly nursing an ankle injury. It got worse when his replacement, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, left after just 2 minutes of ice time with a sprained left MCL. At one point in the third period, Oskars Bartulis' had a skate issue, which left the Flyers with just four defensemen.
As a result, Chris Pronger logged an incredible 30:23 of ice time.
"We were kind of between a rock and a hard place," Laviolette said. "Nobody wants to see guys on the ice that much. We needed to win. We need to win games right now."
Timonen didn't seem to mind. He had five total shots on goal in the sixth two-goal game of his career.
"The more we can get ice time, we're better I think," Timonen explained. "Us older boys, we've got to get our joints moving."
For the first time since the Flyers' season took a turn for the worst on Nov. 20, they were in the middle of a horserace with back-and-forth action in front of a sellout 17,565 in Boston. They played with fire and passion. Laviolette is hoping that coming out on top - and from behind - is something that can spark his team to some much-needed points.
"It's one of those wins that you maybe can put a mark on," Laviolette said. "You're on the road. You're down a goal. You've got to build on it."
"It won't be easy. We've got to go to Pittsburgh," Timonen said. "We've got to be desperate again."
The Flyers enter tonight's game in Pittsburgh with a 3-3-0 record in the second game of back-to-back contests. With a win last night, they are 4-3-0 in the first game . . . Dan Carcillo led the Flyers with eight hits, four more than the next closest player.
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