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PHT Morning Skate: Where Danny Briere is “Mr. Playoffs”

Apr 30, 2012, 7:39 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Danny Briere is starting to be called “Mr. Playoffs” by folks in Philly because… Why not? He’s been lights out in the postseason. (

Zach Parise isn’t calling Game 2 of their series with Philly a “must-win” game. (The Star-Ledger)

Bob McKenzie says the Flyers must get more from Ilya Bryzgalov. (TSN)

Know who’s been great for the L.A. Kings? Slava Voynov. (Los Angeles Times)

Ken Hitchcock is going to fiddle around with his line to try and give the Blues a spark. (Post-Dispatch)

Did the Nashville Predators think the playoffs were done after beating the Red Wings? It sure looks that way so far. (Tennessean)

Sharks forward Logan Couture will have shoulder surgery. (Sportsnet)

Alfie Watch: Daniel Alfredsson will play for Sweden in the World Championships. A chance to call it a career playing at home or does he really want to win gold for his country? (Senators Extra)

Cody Hodgson is trying to help people just shut up about him. (Buffalo News)

In case you missed it: Did you see NBCSN’s Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick rip Alexander Radulov last night? Get caught up.

  1. jblah - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    “Bob McKenzie says the Flyers must get more from Ilya Bryzgalov. (TSN)” — for almost 6 million dollars..i agree. we expected more. he has definitely shown flashes of what we need here in philly but he has lacked consistency. although, i can’t blame all the goals during the pit series on him. however, yesterday, he let in 2 soft goals.

    • dsd3 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Still wouldn’t have won the game without his first period. I agree he was bad in the second and third, but they would’ve been put away in the first without him.

      • jblah - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        i agree. he was great 1st period!

      • matthewmacisaac - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

        He also made a couple of big stops in one flurry in OT when it looked as if the Flyers were going to have a letdown after the overturned goal. I was at the game and my pulse stopped for an instant. He didn’t let the bad ones effect the next ones.

  2. maalea - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    The thing that’s frustrating about Bryz is he seems to play as well as he has to.

    In the 1st period he kept the Flyers alive.

    The 3rd goal was the worst he has given up in the playoffs. In the Pitt series, he didn’t give up the game changing goal. Yesterday, he gave up what could have been two of those type goals.

  3. hartnellhasherpes - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    hahahaha mr no show all season more like it

    • vismund11 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Better playoff numbers than Crosby, bro.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      It’s not like they’re viewing it over series, 100+ games at a point per game pace is unreal in the playoffs

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    at least he was on side this time…almost the exact same play in the same situation in a game one. he definitely got them going, they needed a goal and he stepped up. the ot winner was more of jvr’s hard work than briere’s but the way they were dominating the ot period, if it wasnt briere it wouldve been someone else sooner than later. this is where guys earn their money, and he is a ppg guy in the playoffs, what else can you say?

  5. broadstbully33 - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    genopringles is ashamed of his pathetic eliminated team so he switched to another thought less name to troll with….why u heff to be mad? u lost move on

    • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Oh good, I was wondering what happened to the poor kid. Penguins get humiliated, and he goes silent- I was worried he jumped off a bridge. Welcome back!

      • tcclark - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        he’s over on the JVR post trying to use both handles. He must’ve heard you guys…. it’s pretty sad actually

  6. travishenryskid - Apr 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Buffalo is a city that has experienced more sports heartbreak than arguably any other city. The day we lost Drury and Briere for nothing and had Vanek offersheeted is probably the worst day in Buffalo sports history. That’s how highly Briere was thought of. And our GM is still employed by us for some reason.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      i wouldve thought “wide right” would be the worst day in buffalo sports history but ok…

      • govtminion - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        “No Goal” would have to be right up there, I would think.

        That said, a battle between Cleveland and Buffalo to see who’s sports teams have had the most pain over the years would be a pretty even and epic battle.

  7. mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Starting to call him mr playoffs??? Maybe 3 years ago…he has been known as that for a long time from the die hard fans.

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