Blood Clot No More? Timonen to Skate? Gagne Return?

Days after being diagnosed with what was expected to be a season ending blood clot in his ankle, Flyers’ number-one defenseman Kimmo Timonen, has made a quicker than expected recovery and will test the severity of his foot numbness Friday. The veteran rearguard is being reported by as HIGHLY probably for game five.

“I’m going to skate tomorrow. I met the [Dr. Ronald Fairman] today and we took another ultrasound. Based on that, the doctor said I have a green light to give it a try,” Timonen said. “That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to skate [Friday] and see how it feels.”

The surprising news came directly off the heels of a 4-2 Flyers victory over the Penguins, a win that set momentum in the Flyers direction for the first time all series. Along with their first win in the series, the return of Braydon Coburn in game five and potential return of Timonen in the near future, may give the Flyers more then just a glimmer of hope heading forward – they might have a legitimate chance to make history.

An interesting side note also on the injury front.

During the post game analysis on Comcast, Flyers analyst Jim Jackson hinted that concussed Flyers forward Simon Gagne could begin workouts to get back into game shape. Gagne missed the majority of the season with a concussion before attempting a return only to suffer another concussion. At that point the Flyers organization pulled the plug on the 40-goal scorer’s season, allowing only a slight probability that he could return if the Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

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