Flyers Vs. Devils Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 1: Danny Briere Owns The Playoffs
As a child, Danny Briere dreamed of these moments. With the spotlight shinning brightest and the stage set for someone to step up, Briere hoped that one day he would have a chance to take advantage of such an opportunity.
Thus far in his career, he’s done a pretty good job of doing just that.
“I grew up watching playoff hockey and when I was a kid I always dreamed of one day I’d have the chance to play in those big games,” Briere said. “When I have the opportunity like I have this year and like I’ve had the past few years in the playoffs you try to make the best of it and try to enjoy it as much as possible. It’s not really pressure. It’s actually a fun time, exciting time.”
Despite one of the worst regular season performances of his professional career, Briere is once again displaying why he has earned the moniker of ‘Mr. Playoffs’.
“When the playoffs started, for me, it was a chance for a new season,” he admitted. “You erase everything that happened before and you can’t even look back on anything that’s happened before in your career. It’s a new season, you start it new and you try to help pout your team as much as possible.
Registering at least one point in six of the seven playoff games the Philadelphia Flyers have played this postseason, Briere displayed on Sunday why he is one of, if not the best playoff performer in the NHL today.
Scoring the Flyers’ first goal and most importantly, their last goal in a 4-3 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Briere powered the heavily favored Flyers to a 1-0 series lead.
“It is a totally different game out there,” James van Reimsdyk said of Briere’s postseason success. “You see the guys that have that success during the regular season, but for whatever reason, come playoff time, step up and take their game to the next level. He has done that time after time in the playoffs."
He now has 106 points in 104 playoff games.
“When it gets to the playoffs this is a guy that takes off,” head coach Peter Laviolette said. “To put up the amount of points that he has in the playoffs speaks volumes to him as a player because that’s what playoffs are about, why we’re here, and that’s what matters.”
In this postseason alone, Briere has already registered 10 points in seven games played and is tied with teammate Claude Giroux for the playoff lead in goals scored with seven.
For a player who only scored six goals since the start of January, that kind of production is unfathomable.
Yet, Briere still manages to do it year after year.
“Does he? I haven’t noticed. I didn’t see him on the ice today,” Giroux jokingly said of his former roommate.
“He’s been doing it his whole career,” Giroux said. “He is clutch. He is the guy we count on.”
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