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A Special Goal

Monday, 05.7.2012 / 9:52 AM ET / News
By Adam Kimelman  - NHL.com
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A Special Goal

The Stanley Cup Playoffs seem to be motivation enough for Philadelphia center Danny Briere, who scored the 50th goal of his playoff career in just his 106th game in Game 3 of the Flyers' Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

Danny Briere celebrates one of his goals against the Devils.

After the game, Briere told RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie that he wanted to send a message to a friend of his -- 11-year-old Mikael Pageau of Gatineau, Que. Pageau had spent 14 hours in surgery on Monday at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa as doctors attempted to remove a large brain tumor.

Pageau, who lives in Briere's hometown and plays hockey for a team coached by one of Briere's closest friends, Robert Frenette, had sent Briere a text message through Frenette earlier Thursday, asking the Philadelphia forward to score a goal for him that night.

"My friend [Frenette] and his dad were coaching, and the little boy, they found a mass in his brain," Briere told NHL.com. "They're not sure what it is. They're still waiting for results to come back. He was in surgery to remove the mass. It was as 14-hour surgery on Monday. … When he got out of [surgery], he asked his dad if the Flyers were playing and he said we were playing Thursday. So he asked his dad if you think Danny can score me a goal, so through my friend, he sent me a message that Mikael was wondering if I could score him a goal and that's how the thing got rolling.

"I wish I could have given him a victory as well. But it was a pretty cool feeling."

Not only did Briere deliver on the request, he went on RDS after the game and told Pageau he was putting the puck someplace special, and that the next time he saw the boy he was going to give him the puck he scored the goal with.

Despite the loss and his team sitting in a 2-1 series deficit, Briere still was marveling at his goal.

"I think it was just meant to be," he said. "There's an extra force somewhere that wanted it to happen. Not a lot of time left in a crucial game like that. It was a good feeling. I heard there was some tears from some grown-ups back home when that happened. I got another message [Saturday] morning that he's fighting back. So that's probably the best feeling of it all. Scoring goals is pretty cool, but feeling better about the fact that he's starting to fight back. It gives him hope, that's the biggest thing."

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  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

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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
 
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