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Flyers' Briere to play tonight

Thursday, 03.01.2012 / 12:56 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

Danny Briere will be in the lineup Thursday for the Philadelphia Flyers when they host the New York Islanders tonight.

Briere took a hard hit during Tuesday's game against San Jose and fell head-first into the boards, but was on the ice with the rest of his teammates during Thursday's morning skate.

"Luckily I don't think I ran into the boards too hard," Briere told CSNPhilly.com following the practice. "Sometimes I think that the impact is just as important or more important than how awkward you come into the boards. It did look bad, but somehow I was able to roll. Not so sure it's the best way, to tuck my chin in and roll, but it worked out. So I feel fortunate to escape with nothing too major on that play."

With his head healed, Briere must be hoping his stick will follow. He'll take a 17-game goal drought into Thursday's game. He hasn't scored since registering a hat trick Jan. 7 against the Ottawa Senators. He also missed six games in that span with a concussion.

"I only know one way to get out of a slump -- it's to keep working and keep plugging away," Briere told the Philadelphia Inquirer following Tuesday's game. "That's the only thing I can do, and at some point, I expect good things to happen."

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round