He stands 5’10’’ and 179-pounds according to the NHL Guide & Record Book, and that’s probably a little generous.
Yet he leads the Flyers in goals in these playoffs, last year he broke the Flyers’ all-time record for most points in a single playoff year by churning out 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in just 23 games.
Briere following Game 6
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We’re talking about All-Star Danny Briere
, who once again is proving himself to be a playoff prime-time player.
But you might be surprised to hear is that he is a guy who will stand up in the locker room and inspire his teammates around him to give everything they have when it counts the most.
That’s exactly what happened between the second and third intermission of Sunday’s Game 6 when they were 20 minutes away from their season ending.
|Briere has scored five goals on his former teammate Ryan Miller in this series. |
“It was a about four or five minutes before we went back out onto the ice,” said Laviolette, who knows a little something about great inspirational speeches. “He stood up while everybody was preparing themselves to go out, and he let it rip a little bit. I thought it was good. I was inspired. I wanted to go out, but I’m a little too old and too heavy. I wouldn’t have minded grabbing my skates and digging in to help. I thought it was a good move by Danny.”
Briere plays on the same line with Scott Hartnell
and Ville Leino, and has done so ever since last year’s playoffs. So does it come as a surprise that Hartnell tallied the game-tying goal with under five minutes to go in the game to force overtime and then Leino scored the game-winner in OT to force Tuesday’s game winner?
“He’s a guy that when he speaks up everybody listens,” said sophomore forward James van Riemsdyk
, who is having a break out post-season. “He captivates everyone’s attention. He fired up everyone, and we ended up going out there and playing a pretty strong period, so when a guy like that talks you definitely listen and respect what he says. It gets you fired up.”
While Briere is firing up his teammates, he is not just talking the talk, but when it’s the post season, he walks the walk.
“He seemed to improve as the playoffs went on last year,” added Laviolette. “I think you always look at the overall body of work when it comes to the playoffs. In his career the body of work has been impressive.”
Briere has 92 Stanley Cup Playoff games to his credit. And with that he has posted an exact total of 92 Stanley Cup Playoff points earning 40 goals and 52 assists.
You couldn’t even make the argument that they were throw-away points (as if those existed in playoff hockey) give the fact that Briere has eight game-winning-goals in the playoffs with the Flyers, placing him in a tie for second on the team’s all-time game-winner list in the playoffs.
“It has definitely been a very, very emotional series,” said Briere. “There is no doubt about it. It’s not always easy when you’re battling against some of the guys you have battled with on your side. For a span of about two weeks you have to put that aside and forget about it. It probably the toughest part, and I try to look at it as one game all in a line, and I’m very excited to still be alive and play in a Game 7.”