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Danny Speaks Up

Briere's intermission speech inspires teammates to victory

Monday, 04.25.2011 / 5:05 PM ET / News
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Danny Speaks Up
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 // Briere bio

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.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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