Gagne may play Fri.; decision time in morning

Simon Gagne broke his foot against the Devils in the first round of the playoffs. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

  Left winger Simon Gagne, who broke his right foot in Game 4 of the conference quarterfinals against New Jersey, was a surprising participant in the Flyers' practice in Voorhees on Thursday morning _ and may play in the conference semifinals against Boston Friday.

  Earlier in the week, the Flyers said Gagne would be examined Friday, which was supposed to be the earliest he could begin skating.

  Amazing how an 0-3 series deficit speeds up the healing process.

  Gagne said the fact he could put weight on his foot Wednesday was what caused him to put on the skates Thursday. He said he felt good at practice.

    Gagne had an MRI on Thursday afternoon, and GM Paul Holmgren said he continues to heal nicely.

   Holmgren said a decision on whether Gagne will play in Game 4 will be based on how he feels in Friday's morning skate. 

   Gagne would give the Flyers' scuffling offense some much-needed life and would bring some stability to the scrambled lines and the power play.