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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
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S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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