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James van Riemsdyk’s playoff mentor makes a lot of sense

Apr 30, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

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While Martin Brodeur doesn’t think very much of James van Riemsdyk‘s skills, his monster play in Game 1 has everyone thinking back to how well he did last year.

While it’s just one game, seeing van Riemsdyk come up big in a postseason game again has everyone wondering if he’s got a “playoff mode” he activates and becomes a force of nature. As it turns out, he’s just got the right people to look up to when it comes to stepping up in big moments.

Sarah Baicker of finds out there’s another big playoff performer in the Flyers’ room van Riemsdyk draws inspiration from.

“I always love playing those big games,” van Riemsdyk said. “I’ve had a lot of great players to learn from. I remember my first year, I was talking to Danny Briere a little bit about what to expect in the playoffs, and he went out there and put out an absolute show out there, taking us to the Cup finals there.

“And I think I learned a lot from him and that definitely helped me in the next go-round.”

Drawing on Briere to inspire your play in the postseason is about as good of a pick as it gets. Briere’s been nothing but huge since joining the Flyers and he’s more than made his mark each year in the playoffs in Philly. It’s no wonder that the two found a way to pair up on yesterday’s game-winning goal.

  1. ml3939 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Kind of a misleading allusion to the previous article. Someone who did not read would probably assume the article stated Brodeur questioned JVR’s ability in a negative fashion when all he said was that JVR interfered with him on the game winning goal. That’s a pretty tabloid approach to get someone to read your previous article.

  2. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    this guy is as terrible as danny briere is the regular season

    • emoser - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m actually enjoying having guys like herps and geno commenting on every flyers post. It’s like they’ve designated themselves the penguins whipping boys for us to beat up on. Not to mention that it’s a good barometer to know that people in pitt are still suffering and bitter over that loss.

    • dsd3 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Funny, because a better insult would be to say “this guy is as terrible as Marc-Andre Fleury is in the playoffs.”

  3. flyman423 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Hey …. hartnellhasherpes….. For a person that does not like the flyers you seem to know and worry a lot about the flyers such as #1 your name “hartnellhasherpes” and 2 you know a lot about our players short comings during the year, problem is Danny B and JVR both play when it counts and that’s what matters to me…being as though I am a flyers fan and all. I am going to go out on a limb here and welcome you out of the closet and invite you to put your Hartnell jersey on and I will advise you that it is ok now to start rooting for the flyers, I wolnt be mad at you, I forgive you for your ignorance my friend it is ok.

  4. pkswally024 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Hartnellhasherpes is a tool. Probably some fat slob who’s still a virgin and has no friends. So he trolls all day on the intro webs trying to get people to talk to him because he’s so lonely. Hey Griswold, buy a bullet, and rent a gun..

  5. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Was there FM radio in 1975?

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      is there anything sports related worth watching (let alone listening to) in Pittsburgh in 2012?

    • dsd3 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      1975, that’s the same number of playoff games Marc-Andre Fleury has blown by being a sieve. What a coincidence!

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      your dad should’ve worn a condom

  6. mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    What kind of lifeless loser would create a page to make fun of an opposing teams player. Yeah JVR didn’t do much this year, prob cause he missed most of it with a concussion and a broken foot dumb ass.

    JVR is Mr. Clutch, Danny is Mr. Playoffs. These two are amazing playoff players and if they want to play horrible all year then be 2 of the best post season players each year I am fine with that. Let’s not forget Philly also has one of the top 5 players in the world in giroux and a future HOF named Jagr. This team is built for the playoffs.

    Like I said in a different post, JVR, Danny B and voracek is number 1 line material in the playoffs.

  7. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Geno, since FM radio is the “new hot” thing in your sad forgotten little city, i am sure SidGina and the rest of your team can finally use the radio and listen to the Flyers win again and again… They OWNED petty Pittsburgh, and are now going to roll all over Jersey…. And Herpes boy, get some valtrax and a life…. You are a waste of space and your sad little comments are made even more pathetic by the fact that your team was destroyed by the real men on the Flyers….

    • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Save your breath, they’re the same person.

    • dsd3 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Every time I read “SidGina,” I lose about 10 brain cells. And I’m a Flyers fan. Stop it.

      • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:23 PM


  8. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    pens embarrased your team 10-3 when the refs weren’t cheating for filthy. I bet that felt pretty awesome. losers

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Almost as awesome as beating the penguins 5-1 in an elimination game…and I agree with you. The NHL wants Philly to win sooooo badly. Its obvious. You my friend are the “epitome” of a true fan.

      I know its hard for you to grasp the definition of the above word in quotations, so I figured I would help a little along the way…you know…save ya some time…the way I used it in the above sentence would be example 2, just in case this confuses you as well. Good talk, see ya out there.

      Definition of EPITOME
      1a : a summary of a written work b : a brief presentation or statement of something
      2: a typical or ideal example : embodiment
      3: brief or miniature form —usually used with in

      • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        you used waaaaay to many big words for him. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what herpes are either. You might need to explain that one to him too.

  9. jucam1 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Are you high you Herpes infested idiot?… The Flyers WON, embarrassed, and eliminated your delicate little team…. No one cares about the 10-3 loss, everyone remembers the 4-2 series win and maybe the 30 goals the Flyers rained on your little team…. Besides, the real loser is the idiot with a moniker name that includes “herpes” and is commenting on the boards of the team that owned yours…

  10. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    You my friend are filthy dog wanker #1975

    • whlskey - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM

      Not only does that comment have zero relevance, it’s also not humorous in any way whatsoever. All you’re doing is proving your idiocracy to everyone on here. So with that said, I think I speak for everyone on hear when I say congratulations.. Your mother must be really proud.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Hey Geno, what are you doing Tuesday? Want to come over and watch some Hockey?

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      i don’t even know who you’re talking to. Here’s how I know you, herpes, and probably so many other ridiculous names are the same person…… none of you know how to use the reply button. Everyone else can, but for some reason, the same ridiculous pens fans can’t figure it out.

  11. genopringlessuckspittswallows - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    awwww what’s wrong guys still can’t take the fact that u lost to a team that’s “not good”? get over it losers! at least u have basketball….oh wait um football and baseball should be good for u this year right? na prolly not just enjoy the flyers then its the closest thing you have to winners this year!

    • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      please change your name. it makes you look just as bad, if not worse, than him

      • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        You beat me to typing it, don’t sink to his level. Be the bigger man- it shouldn’t take much work.

  12. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM


    • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      You have a point, 10-3, yes… how’d the rest of those games go, anyway? I seem to recall a couple of 8-goal Flyers performances.

    • lasallehockey81 - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      10-3. Counted for 1 of your 2 wins. Unfortunately for you, it takes 4 to win a series. So, maybe we should give the score of the Flyers’ wins: 4-3, 8-5, 8-4, 5-1. Oh and don’t forget the 4-3 win so far in the second round. That would be the round the Pens didn’t make it to.

    • dsd3 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      HAHA, really? How about 4-2? That’s the final score for the series where your team was eliminated. You’re really going to brag about that one game? You’re amazing.

  13. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    pens exposed them for who they really are. what team in the playoffs get 10 goals scored on them. my hand started hurting at goal 7 from slapping fans of the franchise hands so much.

    • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Must have had a real headache after games 2 and 3, slapping yourself in the forehead after all those Flyers goals.

      Man, I’m not even a Flyers fan and it’s funny to watch you make an ass of yourself. You’re pretty conveniently forgetting that the Pens had one massive outburst of goal scoring in Game 4… and other than that, the Flyers WON THE SERIES, with two pretty impressive goal-fest games of their own.

      Go on and keep crowing about that ten-goal game if you want- yes, it was impressive- but be ready to get the same replies every time… “That’s nice, but what about the rest of the series?”

  14. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Go figure, filthy wins game one on a mistake by the refs. Can’t wait til these cheaters get sent home by Marty and his 40 year old scrotum

  15. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I do recall baby girioux crying and breaking his stick after the franchise beat them in game 5. what a doucher. anyone else hear him talking before the game yesterday? I dont know if that boy is just retarded or if hes still having side affects from a concussion bit he sounded like he had his head stuck up his ass

  16. GenoPringles - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Hey mellonhead if I come over can you read the dictionary to me

    • melonheadsdaddy - May 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Sorry I won’t be there.,I’ll be at the wells Fargo cheering on my hockey team in the second round…but you obviously forget what that feels like..

  17. jshipleyj - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Doesn’t anyone on these comments just enjoy the rich pageantry of playoff hockey. I’ve attended a couple of favorite games while on business trips — the best was Game 6, Eastern Conference finals, 2006 between Buffalo and Carolina. I got a last minute ticket in Buffalo, and the Sabres were down 2 goals with 2 minutes to play in the third period. Danny Briere and company tied the game and won it in OT. My first experience enveloped in hockey nirvana…for the moment at least (they lost game 7). Got another last minute ticket in 2008 to watch the Caps/Pens in the Eastern semi-finals in DC. Game 2. Ovechkin and Crosby both got hat tricks. Who cares who won? It was great hockey. This year I finally got to see my Florida Panthers win a couple of good games in round 1. I’m privileged to have the time and money to attend these games in person, and it the game is hard fought, I’m happy at the end.

    • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. It’s good to be a fan of the game first, and a team second. Even though the Bruins are out, I’m still loving the playoffs, because I enjoy a good hockey game. I wish more people thought that way.

      • banshee950 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        well said, both of you. B’s fan here too, obviously I wish they were still playing, but since they aren’t (at least until the Campbellio mafia figures out how to cheat them back in 😉 I’m enjoying the rest. nice to catch some of the west teams that I rarely see. Quick is rediculous in net!! The east match ups are looking good too.
        Too many on here get so worked up over their teams that they lose perspective…It’s a game….enjoy it for what it is. relish these playoff, when they end we are left with only baseball

  18. arbruins - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Hey herpes…how many hands did you shake after round 1? It’s probably sore now from another popular penguins past time!

  19. arbruins - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    I am hoping the Kings can make it to the cup. It’s funny to hear the crap about Collie (as Habsman puts it) giving the Bruins the cup last year and how you hear the same kind of crap now about Philly. You are correct, enjoy the games for what they are…looking forward to next season for the Bs!

  20. arbruins - May 1, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Been there, done that.

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