TORONTO -- Philadelphia defenseman Kim Johnsson will play in
Game 4 of the Flyers' second-round playoff series against Toronto
after missing three games with a broken bone in his left hand.
Johnsson, the Flyers' best defenseman, said he's eager to return
for Friday night's game. The Flyers lost 4-1 on Wednesday night,
but lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.
"It's feeling good," Johnsson said Thursday. "It's going to
be a lot of fun."
Johnsson was injured in Philadelphia's clinching victory over
defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey in the first round when
he was hit with the puck, breaking the bone that connects his ring
finger to his wrist.
"The healing has started, so I think it's going to be fine,"
Forward Sami Kapanen will return to his normal forward spot
after replacing Johnsson on defense.
"Sami did a great job, but Kim's arguably our best
defenseman," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you're adding good
players into our lineup, especially in a heated series like this,
it's a good feeling."
Johnsson will be paired with defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson, who
didn't practice on Thursday after being slashed in the leg on
Wednesday. Hitchcock expects Ragnarsson to play.