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Scratch this: Briere shines in return for Habs (but Sens win)

Jan 4, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

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Daniel Briere is pretty familiar with people giving up on him, so maybe it makes sense that he had one of his best games in years – and probably his greatest output as a member of the Montreal Canadiens – after suffering the embarrassment of being a healthy scratch.

The 36-year-old scored two goals and one assist in Montreal’s 4-3 OT loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. (The Sens are now on a season-high four-game winning streak, by the way.)

To give you an idea of how much of a breakthrough this might feel like for Briere, consider the fact that he only had 10 points in his previous 39 games with Montreal.

His healthy scratch prompted many to wonder if his days were numbered with Montreal, and while that could still be in the works – perhaps this would simply pump his trade value up? – this might also be the catalyst for a turnaround.

No doubt, Briere has shown that he can make big things happen when he gets hot. Not many players can claim more than a point-per-game in the playoffs (109 in 108) nor can many say that they’ve scored 30 points in a single postseason … especially in the last decade.

Does that mean the sprite-like veteran will turn things around after one strong performance? Not necessarily, but he’s beaten the odds before.

  1. charlieconway96 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    So thats what it looks like when someone is playing to save their career.

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Trust me if I were a healthy scratch and I was relatively big name player you can bet that I would be playing pissed off. I would be giving it 110% and be busting my butt every shift.

  3. flyerguy73 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Briere is a playoff guy. He will score here and there, but he one guy you want on your team if you get to the playoffs. I miss him in philly, but hope the best for him whatever happens.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Yeah briere is one of the most in the clutch players in the league. He don’t do as much in the reagular season as he does in the playoffs lately. He’s great for them overtime winners in the season at times and real clutch series winning goals. There’s very little players I’d take over him come playoff time. It’s amazing how much he turns it on like that. He was a class act here and I hope has nothing but successes, unless it’s against us.

  4. drewzducks - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Win win situation.

  5. sumkat - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Just because I’m curious……

    If Briere is waived by the Habs at some point (don’t think it will happen, as was stated above, he is and always was a playoff guy, unless you don’t think you are making it you keep him), would the Flyers be able to sign him? I know they aren’t allowed to re-sign a guy after they buy them out, but does that still stand once he signs with another team? Are they unable to sign him until his original contract would of run out (only this year, which is why I STILL say they should of bought out Hartnell), or does that end once he signs a contract with another team? I don’t see how they could prevent them from signing him if the original contract would of been up, but would be a funny turn of events to see him sign for the year with the Flyers for a playoff run (assuming they make it)

  6. penguins87and71 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    In my opinion it would be of the Canadiens to get rid of this guy. They just need to have patience and look at his track record and see that he doesn’t do much in the regular season, but once the Playoffs role around his a big time performer, that scores goals at cluch times

  7. sterogatory - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Who cares about Briere. Sens own the Habs. That’s the story.

  8. greenmtnboy31 - Jan 6, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    I say get rid of him. They never should have signed him in the first place. His best days are behind him and they should get rid of him before he costs them a crucial game or two down the stretch. Bring up or trade for younger, hungrier player who will bring more size, speed and skill.

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