January 12 Philadelphia Daily News:
“SKATING just hours after learning he was snubbed from the All-Star Game roster, Danny Briere didn’t need much help getting up for last night’s game at HSBC Arena.
Last night was a confluence of motivation for Briere.
Not only was Briere not selected for the All-Star Game yesterday, he just happened to be playing in Buffalo – where he spent parts of four seasons before spurning the Sabres in free agency for the Flyers.
All that pent-up frustration resulted in Briere’s first four-point game of the season.
After a dismal middle frame in which the Flyers went exactly 11 minutes without a shot, Briere knotted the score with just 1:49 remaining in the second period and linemate Ville Leino lifted the Flyers to a 5-2 win with the game-winner just 2:17 into the next period.
Briere’s line accounted for four of the Flyers‘ five goals – all of which went unanswered by Buffalo.
“It’s always a little special scoring a goal against your ex-team,” Briere said. “Maybe it is less and less every time you come back [to Buffalo], but there is always going to be a little something there. It was just one of those nights where I was getting the bounces.”
Last night’s win, their first in the second half of the season, gave the Flyers a three-point cushion in the Eastern Conference with Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay idle.
The Flyers are now a sparkling 23-6-2 against conference foes this season, and with a 14-4-3 record away from the Wells Fargo Center, have the fewest road losses in the NHL.
For the Flyers, who were 1-8-2 before last night’s game when trailing entering the third period, going into the final 20 minutes with a clean slate made all the difference.
Coach Peter Laviolette also credited Scott Hartnell’s second-period fight with Paul Gaustad with helping turn the tide. Hartnell one-upped the traditional Gordie Howe hat trick with two goals, one assist and one fight.”
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