Gagne

PHILADELPHIA — Flyers winger Simon Gagne, who to this point hasn’t played against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinal series because of a broken foot, will decide during warm-ups tonight whether he can play in Game 4 at Wachovia Center.

If he doesn’t play, his season could be over because the Bruins are trying to complete a sweep. Should he give it a go, Gagne knows he won’t be at his best from the outset.

“At first, I’ll try to keep it simple, not try to do too much,” he said this morning while some of his teammates took part in an optional morning skate. “It’s been a while since I played a game. The game’s fast, it’s physical, I’m going to try to find myself out there depending where I’m at and from there I’m going to try to get better and better as the game goes on. And we’ll go from there.”

Gagne skated for the first time Thursday and after practice had an MRI.

“They looked to see if something had moved, if the bone had shifted or moved a little bit,” he explained. “But everything looked pretty good and they’re pretty happy the way the healing process went. That was a good first step to getting closer to the game.”

Gagne could plug in on a line with Mike Richards and Daniel Carcillo. He might, however, not kill penalties. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he’ll see how the game develops to determine Gagne’s ice time, if the winger returns.

“When players come back and they’re available, I think it depends on how they look in the game, how they feel in the game,” the coach said.