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Briere Still Feeling Good

by Kevin Kurz / Philadelphia Flyers
Danny Briere will suit up for the Phantoms again on Sunday. (Len Redkoles)
Updated: Jan. 17, 2009 1:18 PM EST


(Philadelphia, PA) - After two successful games with the Phantoms on Wednesday and Friday, Danny Briere will remain with the Flyers' AHL affiliate when they host the Albany River Rats at the Wachovia Spectrum (7:05 p.m., Tickets).

"We feel that this will give Danny an extra game just to focus on his conditioning," said Holmgren.

Briere was originally assigned to the Phantoms on Wednesday, January 14, and has one goal and three assists in two games.

The Phantoms won both games; 7-1 over Worcester on Wednesday, and 5-4 against Lowell on Friday.


Updated: Jan. 16, 2009 11:03 PM EST


(Philadelphia, PA) - Danny Briere played in his second game with the Philadelphia Phantoms on Friday night, registering two assists in a 5-4 win over Lowell at the Spectrum. Briere, who has played in just nine games with the Flyers this season, is attempting to rejoin the club from a nagging series of groin injuries.

It appears that he is close to doing just that.

"As far as the injury goes, that was 100 percent," he said. "I felt better than Wednesday, but the big test is [Saturday] morning when I wake up. Hopefully it feels just as good.”

Briere said he may suit up for the Phantoms once more on Sunday, when the team hosts Albany at the Spectrum (7:05 p.m.). The Flyers don't play again until Wednesday night, when they host the Atlanta Thrashers at the Wachovia Center in the final game before the All-Star break (7:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, Tickets).

The 31-year-old center has a goal and three assists in two games with the Phantoms.


(Philadelphia, PA) - Danny Briere made his return to the ice on Wednesday night with the American Hockey League's Philadelphia Phantoms, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 7-1 victory at the Wachovia Spectrum over the Worcester Sharks.

The 31-year-old center is expected to suit up again for the Phantoms again on Friday night against Lowell (7:05 p.m., Wachovia Spectrum, Tickets).

Briere, who is trying to return to the Flyers after suffering from various groin injuries this season, met with the media after the game and said he was pleased with how he felt. Below is a transcript of Briere's media availability, or you can listen to it by clicking the link below.

Danny Briere - Jan. 14 2009


Q: How did it go out there?

 
Briere: “I actually felt pretty good. The intensity kind of dropped. The first period I was a little tentative out there, I wanted to test it out. I didn’t want to force things. I was a little careful about getting into battles. The start of the second period, I started to feel a little bit more confident, but at that time what happened was we scored two more goals. It was 6-0, I think the intensity kind of dropped a little bit. Overall, it was definitely a good test. A couple times, when I went into battle, I obviously felt it here and there, but the good thing is the pain went away, right away. It disappeared, so that’s the positive. That’s the good thing. I was really happy with the way it responded.” 
 
Q: Were you feeling anything more than you would, if you’d been healthy before that, when you go into a battle in the corner?
 
DB: “Well, a little bit. Like I said, there’s a little pain, but the good thing is it’s just a quick jolt, and then it disappeared, so I was really happy about that. It didn’t linger and it didn’t prevent me from going just as a hard on the next push off, so I was really happy with the way things turned out.”
 
Q: How much more can you tell from a game, than just from the skates that you’ve had?
 
DB: “This was a good test. I mean with the Flyers I had been skating, we had done a little bit of drills, battling drills along the boards and then we played a little 3-on-3 game, so the next step was playing the game we played tonight. Now Friday, it’s probably going to be a little more intense if the game stays a little tighter, so I’ll try to raise the intensity a little more. Also, the steps are getting higher and higher every time, so far it’s been good and I’m really happy where I am now.”
 
Q: Did it work to your advantage that the game was in-hand pretty early?
 
DB: “Yeah, like I said, early in the game I was a little tentative and then I started feeling better and more confident, and I got into a few situations where I had to battle down low and got hit, got bumped a few times. Like I said, it reacted very well. It didn’t get worse. That’s what I could ask for. I’m very happy about that.”
 
Q: Do you think two games down here will be enough?

 
DB: “You know, I haven’t thought about it. Personally for me, I was trying to get through the first one. I didn’t even know if I’d have the chance to play the second one on Friday. Now that I went through it, I’m looking at playing Friday and go from there. I haven’t thought past Friday’s game now.”
 
Q: Did you feel like 75-80 percent…what was it like tonight?

 
DB: “I probably pushed it all the way to 90-95 percent. The intensity kind of went away when I started to feel a little bit more confident, so the next game I’ll try to push it all out.”
 
Q: As far as your NHL experience, how has it been? What has been your impression of playing for the Phantoms right now?
 
DB: “I’m actually excited. I’ve played in the minors before, so it doesn’t bother me. I was just excited to play and have a chance to play a game finally and test it out. I think we all know here the situation the Flyers are in, as far as the salary cap and I felt bad putting them in a bad position where they would have to maybe send some guys down, lose some guys, maybe make some trades just for me to get back in the lineup, then realize that I can’t play, so this was definitely the best situation for them and for me to see if I was ready to go, so for me it’s a great chance to play here.”
 
Q: How much of a relief is it to get through a whole game now, and get on the score sheet even?
 
DB: “It’s a big relief. I’m not going to lie to you. Waking up this morning I was a little nervous about playing, not knowing if I’d be able to get through the game. That’s what I was afraid of. I wasn’t afraid of getting on the scoreboard. I obviously wanted to help them win and get back on a winning streak, but personally it was all about being able to finish the game.”
 
Q: Does it help though?

 
DB: “Oh definitely, yeah. I feel a lot better now that I was able to get into situations where I had to battle and fight for the puck and the way it reacted, I was very happy.”
 
Q: How strange was it to see [Worcester Shark] Claude Lemieux out there?
 
DB: “It was a little weird. I mean we played together before so it was a little awkward to see him here, but we have the same goal. We want to get back to the NHL and we want to help our team win, so that’s why we’re down here, to get better.”
 
Q: Is that the biggest test for you… to have those battles on the board, where you’re trying to battle for position?
 
DB: “Definitely. The hits, like you said, trying to battle for position, getting your leg in front to protect the puck, those little plays that seem like nothing from the stands and also most players take for granted when you’re not injured like I am. That’s what I was looking for. Like I said, I was very happy with the way it went.”
 
Q: Do you feel like you’re getting your full range of mobility with skating?

 
DB: “Yeah, the skating part of it, there’s no problem and I’ve been skating laps and stops and starts now for about a month, so it was kind of getting old, but it’s totally different. In a game you’re off-balance, you’re getting jolted around, you’re getting pushed, you’re reacting where you don’t necessarily have the chance and the time to protect your groin, so that’s what I wanted to see.”
 
Q: You still feel like you’re on target for Tuesday, if everything goes well on Friday?

 
DB: “We’ll see. We’ll play Friday and then we’ll go from there. We’ll take it one game at a time.”
 
Q: Talk about you’re shorthanded goal, you made it look so effortless…
 
DB: “I must have been inspired by the Flyers, all the shorthanded goals we’ve been scoring this year, but I realized their defenseman was kind of caught flat-footed all the way back and he was backing up really quick and he gave me the shot, so I came in and tried to surprise the goalie with a quick shot.”
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