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Briere’s one of the best post-lockout playoff performers

Apr 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores past Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

Danny Briere is hands down one of the best playoff performers in the post-lockout era. How many other guys can score despite the handicap of being offside?

Still, Briere’s controversial goal wouldn’t have been a factor if he hadn’t managed to score again in the third period. It was a big night for him and far from his first headline-worthy postseason performance. Regardless of how he does in the regular season, Briere rises above the crowd in the playoffs. In fact, after Wednesday’s games, Briere is now tied with Henrik Zetterberg for the lead in postseason points since the lockout.

Briere scored twice on Wednesday, while Zetterberg found the back of the net once, to tie them up at 95 playoff points in the post-lockout era. Of course, it helps that both players have advanced to at least the first round in every season since the lockout. Briere managed to accomplish that feat by spending 2005-06 and 2006-07 with Buffalo before heading to Philadelphia. Still, that leaves Briere with an extremely impressive 95 points in 93 playoff games.

On a team that includes Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, and Jaromir Jagr, the man the Penguins might need to worry about the most is Briere.

  1. phillyphever - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Kimmo, Hartnell and Briere: best three FA signings in one summer the Flyers I’ve ever seen.

    • tcclark - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      three great players, but they were all over-paid at the time. But if we’re looking at just the players then I agree.

      • maalea - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        The Flyers had to overpay. They were the worst team in the NHL the previous year. The Blackhawks beat them in the ping pong ball derby or Patrick Kane would be in orange and black.

      • tcclark - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        oh i definitely agree. If we didn’t overpay for Briere, he would’ve gone to the Rangers and we wouldn’t have had the joy of watching the Chris Drury/Scott Gomez disaster.

        I’m glad we over-paid for all three of them, but it’s tough for me to say that they were the 3 best FA signings in one summer, when we over-paid for all three. It’s definitely up there though

    • psujay - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Hartnell and Kimmo weren’t technically UFA signings…

      • phillyphever - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

        Eh true, but I’m glad Homer got those two signed before July 1st otherwise that trade would have been a disaster.

  2. tcclark - Apr 12, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I was wondering why he wasn’t even on the list of odds for the Conn Smythe…. and Jeff Carter was.

    • irishphilly87 - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      thats because whoever makes those odds are on crack. jeff carter is a little punk on LA the experts really think LA is going further than the flyers in the playoffs meaning a player would get the Conn Smythe? what a joke. Briere is one of the most clutch performers ive ever seen in any sport. hes money anytime you need to count on him or need someone to step up in a big moment. GO FLYERS!!!!!!!

      • psujay - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:26 AM

        wouldn’t you rather be facing the Canucks than the Pens? I’m pretty sure LA’s road to the finals is a lot easier than any team in the east will have. One way or another you have to go through the Bruins, Ranger, Pens, and Flyers. Heck, the 7 seed is the Caps. Say what you will but that’s a dangerous 7 seed.

      • tcclark - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        The best team in the NHL? The team that’s won two straight President’s trophies? Nope. I’m good.

  3. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Love this guy! More in the playoffs but that’s what he thrives on u can see it in his play! Go Flyers

  4. ottograham - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    He definitely turned it on last night. Tough to stomach as a Pens fan, but it was impressive.

    • vismund11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      respect.

  5. tackledummy1505 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Ok, just to clarify we traded for Hartnell and Kimmo, then signed them. Just like Bryz. As far as overpaying for Brier, yes I agree, but the guy plays big during the playoffs. I wish we had JVR in the lineup cause that looks like it would give us 3 big playoff players: Brier, JVR, and Schenn. No one can’t say Schenn was the player of the game last night, not Brier. Danny played big, but Schenn was huge everywhere on the ice

    • mercyflush - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      I think you forgot about Giroux.

      Giroux was dominant in the 2010 playoffs, that was pretty much his coming out party. He had 10 goals and 11 assists in 23 games. In ’11 he had 12 pts in 11 games (although only 1 goal).

      Overall in the postseason he has 38 pts in 41 games. Pretty awesome. I’d have him up there right behind Briere.

      I wish JVR was back and healthy. Imagine swapping, say Rinaldo out for him? You’re talking at that point about maybe the deepest set of fowards in the entire NHL. At the very least i’m hoping he’s back strong next season. He’s still very young…

  6. ndrick731 - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    All you hear is about his offside goal but nothing about Pittsburgh’s icing goal for their score. I wonder if the NHL is going to try and fine me for criticizing the Penguins.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      From my understanding the icing was waved off because the Flyers defenseman impeded Dupuis chance to touch up icing – an uncommon call, but not a wrong one by any stretch of the imagination.

      Briere was clearly offside, but the fact of the matter remains that even if Briere was onside on that play, he still has more than a step on the defense to make that play. That goal also didn’t count for three points – the Pens still should have been able to protect a two goal lead going into the third.

      I was really dissapointed in Letang’s play – he played phenomenally in the first 40 minutes of that game and then had mental lapses on the Schenn and Voracek goals. He really needs to get his head screwed on straight (as do the rest of the Pens) and buckle up for game 2. Split here, Split in Philly and get home ice back. Let’s go.

      • mercyflush - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        @ napoleon… very rational comment from a Pens fan. I’m a Flyers die hard but I can’t disagree with anything you said (except the very end!)

        I’ll even add that even if the icing was as clear cut a blown call as the missed offsides, it didn’t lead to a breakaway like the Briere play. The Flyers still could have prevented that goal.

        But, like you said, one goal didn’t erase the 3 goal lead.

    • ottograham - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      alot of ignorant fans will call out the offsides call and ignore the icing call. I believe Staals missed goal was the x factor last night. But thats like my opinion man.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        I agree that was a big point in the game, but going into what was the equivalent of a prevent defense didn’t help either. We need to stay aggressive when we have a lead to maintain puck control.

  7. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    God damn I miss our old buffalo team (05-07), should have won a cup in 06…

    • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      This was the beginning of the end for the Sabres letting Briere and Drury walk away. Have yet to replace their grit that is needed especially in playoff hockey.

  8. CJ - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    The Pens were afraid of him and tried to take him out (though admittedly a. he shouldn’t have been out there on that shift to begin with and b. it was a clean hit). Clearly, that just pissed him off.

    They should have either left him alone or hit him harder. Briere doesn’t get mad, he just gets even.

  9. vismund11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I’ll allow it considering Dupuis scored off what should have been an Offside call when Coburn touched the puck. Rarely does a call go in flyers favor.

  10. phillyphan83 - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    where’s genopringles, that homer troll is hiding after a loss??

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