Facing elimination, Gagne back on ice

With the Flyers staring down the barrel of post season elimination, forward Simon Gagne, just 13 days removed from foot surgery, has advanced his on-ice work outs which could also move up the timetable for his return to game action.

According to multiple media sources, Gagne was seen skating on a line with Mike Richards and Dan Carcillo on Thursday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.  Recent reports had him active as early as game 5, but now, barring a clean MRI prior to Friday’s game, Gagne could see action as soon as that night in game 4.

“I didn’t skate for two weeks and it’s a process,” said Gagne in a media scrum after practice on Thursday.  “We’re going to take it one day at a time.”

Gagne, 30, suffered a broken toe in game 4 against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.  A screw was surgically placed in the toe to accelerate healing.

The Flyers trail the Bruins in the best-of-seven series, 3-0, with game 4 on Friday at the Wachovia Center.

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