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Pens’ Glass calls Flyers’ Briere one of the NHL’s dirtiest players

Feb 20, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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As if tonight’s Flyers-Penguins rivalry game needed any more heat.

Prior to puck drop, Pittsburgh forward Tanner Glass accused Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere of being one of the NHL’s dirtiest players, according to Randy Miller of the South Jersey Courier-Post.

On Tuesday, Glass reportedly told Pittsburgh’s 970 ESPN that Briere was “one of the dirtiest players in the league,” and “undercover dirty.”

When asked about those comments, Glass re-iterated his stance on Briere’s style of play.

“For being a guy who is known as a skill guy, an offensive player, if you look back at some of his clips, his play in the past, there’s some dirty plays,” Glass explained.

Glass said he had no history with Briere, other than having played against him on a few occasions.

It is worth noting that Briere’s been suspended on numerous occasions.

In 2010, he was given a three-game suspension and fined over $237,000 for a cross-check on New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.

In 2009, he was suspended two games for a blindside hit on Scott Hannan.

In 2006, he was given a two-game suspension and fined $19,775 for high-sticking Brian Leetch.

128 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. bills4 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    What’s the news here, he is a dirty little hair ball!!

  2. flyersphan28 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    you sir, are the definition of a troll…it must be a popular fetish or something in pittsburgh to make idiotic comments….lets see if your still a pengs fan in say 10 years when im sure the team will be filing for bankruptcy once again because all the front runner fans will have left yet again…. and philly so bad even tho we sell out when we were the worst team in hockey..and i would actually pay for you to get on the ice and cross check rinaldo, im sure every flyers fan on here would fork up money for that. its ok tho, we all know you are the toughest guy in the world with a keyboard…get a clue you clown

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      You’re still the worst team in hockey – a true embassment

      Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus as well as their own star players. They’ve even booed a guy who just helped the city win a friggin’ World Series title—while he was getting his ring. Boooo! Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin’s career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl. The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. “Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell,” baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.

      Read More http://www.gq.com/sports/lists/201104/worst-sports-fans-in-america#ixzz2LXM7b2kB

      • redmosquito16 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        Dude, Santa being booed in Philly was in 1968! Is it me or is it completely insane to keep throwing this in people’s faces after FORTY-FIVE YEARS?! I could go on to debunk all of your other statements, but I won’t waste my time.

        Way to generalize an entire fanbase, moron.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:28 AM

        Again – not my words, just taken from a nationally published magazine. However, no, Philthy fans have not proven themselves to have ‘grown’ any, and prove that they are still classless slimeballs pretty much on a nightly basis.

      • stevierod - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        And throwing stuff at the Flyers players last night after the game is OK? What was that the Pittsburgh celebration of a hat trick?

        Grow up.

      • redmosquito16 - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        Again, way to generalize an entire fanbase…*facepalm*

        I’m not claiming that they’re all innocents but what fanbase is? Oh right, NONE. I’ve been to COUNTLESS sporting events & concerts in Philly and have never witnessed anything let alone damning them as “savages” or “the most monstrous collection of humanity”.

      • claude28giroux - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        if you look at the standings the flyers arnt the worst, but ill give your the benefit of the doubt pittsburgh just got the internet a couple years ago.

        oh and you should be kicked off this sight for using your source from GQ

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

        Here’s another from NBC:

        http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/Philly-fan-mishaps-92790554.html

        Here’s one from ESPN:

        http://1045theteam.com/the-worst-sports-fans-are-from-philadelphia/

        And this one just cracks me up:

        http://www.ranker.com/list/cities-with-the-worst-sports-fans/the-round-mound

        Anyway, my point isn’t to compare fan bases, at least it wasn’t originally, it’s to compare what passes as acceptible. It’s a dirty team, with dirty fans. Been voted on, tried and sentenced, year after year.

      • boltsfan777 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        Booing Santa Claus is pretty funny. That was a great game last night. I love the Flyers-Pens rivalry. The Flyers are masters at getting under the skin of the opponent, and coaxing their skill players into a fight and off the ice during a crucial period in the game. They do it to the Bolts every time, and nobody can resist trying to fight back, even if it means getting beat up. I was rooting for the Pens last night, but I love watching the Flyers.

        The back and forth bickering over who is dirtier is silly. Both teams are dirty and get under each other skin. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Sometimes I get tired of the Bolts always being the guys wearing the white hats.

      • barrios513 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        And this is a team that employes Matt Cooke? Pot meet kettle! I seriously think that 99 % of Penguin are smarter than than these penguin trolls!

      • pbhatesphilly - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

        Hey hockey withdrawal, u must be my broths from another moths. Your words have streamed from my pen for years! Nothing good has ever come of ant philthy fan, they are putrid waste s, completely void of a soul, good for absolutely nothin. You all can rot! I waste way to much time ranting on how I hate philthy fans but I can t resist. Just like philthy fans cn t resist being the dregs of society. Let me end by saying this”I HATE PHilthy fans”.

    • HitsDingers - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Leave Yinzburgh alone. They live in a crappy city with crappy everything else. Let them play this one-way rivalry by themselves.
      See: Coach K on Maryland

    • jpelle82 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      his screen name is bills4 – as in buffalo bills – as in the place briere used to play….what makes you think he is a pens fan in any sense…because someone doesnt like a flyer they are automatically a pens fan? and by the way rinaldo was scared to fight engelland last night, clearly offered and rinaldo p***** out at the last second when it came time to drop em – if he is your tough guy then you need a new one.

    • boltsfan777 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Cheer up Pens fans. You have a great team who is always in contention, a great rivalry, and I saw it last night…. (3) free of any concession. What a great franchise. I would love to have been sitting there watching that great game with a pile of nachos and a cold beer… and you almost won the game. Maybe next time.

  3. nunan - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    No, according some on this site, we all know the entire Bruins’ team is the dirtiest, lowest form of hockey player who ever existed. Look, even that writer from NY is blaming Lucic for a head-shot on Nash that caused his concussion…(which never actually happened).

  4. columbiannecktie - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Briere is a tiny guy, but unlike other small players like St Louis, he is not a perimeter player. He works in tight, goes to the net, camps in front, and he gets constantly physically abused for doing so. He is pitted against players twice his size and strength. To be a small player in a big man’s game, and to play the way he does, you have to have that edge or you’ll be pulverized into retirement.

    • jasol20 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      While I do agree that Briere is willing to stick his nose in places St. Louis isn’t, I have to say I lost all respect for him last year. It was when he got drilled coming out of his own zone by Joe Vitale in that last regular season game on a great, clean hit. Then he actually has the nerve to say that Vitale was “obviously trying to hurt” him. That’s the biggest load of crap I’ve ever heard – it was a hard, clean hit by a guy who’s out there to make body contact, and totally part of the game. I’m not a Penguins or Flyers fan particularly, but I lost all respect for Briere when he said that publicly.

  5. nosefacekillah - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    This from the dirtiest team in the league. The Penguins are always trying to deflect the eyes from their filthy play. Another season ended by a mindless Pittsburgh goon in Ottawa, nothing to see here. Another career of a superstar in Boston ended by Pittsburgh and then whines about others. These organization is the epitome of hypocrites. And it starts with an owner who constantly threatens to take his puck and go home if the NHL does not let him win. Loved to watch them choke last night.

  6. flyboys12 - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Seriously, just let it go. We Flyers and Pens fans are both loyal to their teams…to a fault. It goes both ways. There are fans on each side that do/say stupid things. The game has always been that way. I think we can both agree that Boston fans are worse. What drives me absolutely nuts, is the racial slurs against Wayne Simmonds. The guy had a great game last night, and everyone jumps on him because of his race. That jsut degrades the game to the level of idiocy that you see in those European soccer games. Seriously grow the F up.

  7. bjenks10 - Feb 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I mean Pitt calling the flyers dirty never gets old. They embarrased themselves in last years playoffs with their dirty play and did it again last night. There was a reason their bench got warned but not the flyers. I mean how can one team cry this much? I have never seen anything like it.

  8. greenmtnboy31 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Well this is an interesting little debate between the worst fans in professional sports and one of the dirtiest, whiniest teams in the NHL. Look, if you have the well earned reputation that the Flyers faithful have for being the vermin they are, you really aren’t in any position to be casting aspersions against the Pens. If you have the dirtiest coward in the league in Matt Cooke, then you really aren’t in any position to be criticizing any team or player, even if it’s an overrated douche like Briere.

    Having said that, I do thank you all for the entertainment you two groups of neanderthals are providing us today.

  9. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    With every word, you prove how worthless Philadelphia fans are.

  10. broadstreet703 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Dude ….let it go

  11. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    And the horn sounds and the FLYERS win the game !

  12. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Are you serious? or stupid?

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