SUNRISE FL - FEBRUARY 16: Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates prior to the NHL game against the Florida Panthers on February 16 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Kimmo Timonen is full of confidence after the Flyers' successful first round series and says that as long as the team keeps playing like they did in Game 7, it won't matter what team they'll be facing.
"If we can play this kind of game that we just played, it's going to be tough for any team we face."
Timonen doesn't care what team the Flyers are going to meet next.
"It doesn't matter. No matter what team it is, they're all good teams."
"But if we can keep up this kind of skating and two man forecheck, then we'll gladly face anyone. We have good chances with this kind of skating."
Timonen says he's happy about the Flyers' play in the first round series overall.
"Even if it went to seven games, we actually played a fine series. Just like the last game showed, we're a good team when we skate and work hard."Even if he got pulled in Game 7, Timonen gives a lot of credit to Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller.
"Miller was vital for them. Without a goalie of that caliber, this series would've been over a long time ago. A good goalie can save games and win games."
Timonen also doesn't think the Sabres lost Game 7 because of Miller.
"We just came into the game with such great intensity that they just didn't have any chance."
"It's good to continue from here."
What about the Flyers' goaltending then?
"There's been a bit of a turmoil in goal, but whoever plays there, the team will play the same way. Boucher played well in last game and I'm sure he continues from now on."
Timonen also thinks the close series was a good learning experience for the team in the long run.
"These are experiences that will definitely help us in the future."
This report was based off of a Finnish-language story released by STT.