Briere Nets Two as Philadelphia Flyers Sweep Season Series Against Buffalo
It was a picture perfect moment that looked to be already played out in a crystal ball. Daniel Briere who has been virtually a ghost since returning to the lineup comes into his former clubs home arena ending his eight game scoreless drought and scores two goals including his 200th career goal to help lead the the Flyers past the Buffalo Sabres, 6-4.
Briere scored twice in a little over two minutes, it was his first multi-goal game in over six monts.
"I cant look back at what happened with the injuries, I have to move forward and find my game, be the player I can be and help this team down the road and make a difference," Briere said after the game.
"It was a good feeling, its been so long since I scored. Its good that it happened and now hopefully it gets me going for good."
The sporadic line changes by coach John Stevens seemed to very effective looking back as three different lines contributed to the scoring sheet. Stevens also had his own feel on what Briere's big game meant for his team.
"He really came through for us," Stevens said. "We were kind of on our heels for a little bit. He scored a couple of big goals, and that's obviously great for us."
Captain Mike Richards added to the scoring party with three points (1G,2A) of his own. Late in the first period Richards was rewarded a penalty shot but hit the post on his attempt. Richards scored less than a minute later to put the Flyers ahead first. He is now 0-4 career in penalty shots.
Richards is now one goal away from a new career high(28) and two points shy of a new personal best(75).
Simon Gagne, Mike Knuble, and Jeff Carter joined the party and also scored goals in tonights win. Another player that didn't go un noticed in the game was center Claude Giroux who continued his phenomenal ways adding two assists of his own.
Martin Biron added another win under his belt stopping 39 shots including some spectacular highlight reel type saves throughout the contest. You can bet after tonight, Biron will be in net Sunday against the Penguins.
"It's all about the never say die attitude, thats how you have to go into every game and hope that things go your way," Biron said.
"To have Danny score a couple of big goals for us, gives him confidence and it gives the team a huge boost, I think this means good things moving forward."
With the Flyers win against the Sabres, they complete the season sweep going 4-0 while outscoring Buffalo 19-8.
"This is huge," Briere added. "If we split, we're a lot closer to each other. It makes a huge difference. We're in control of our own destiny instead of needing some help from other teams."
Philadelphia will conclude its current four-game road swing Sunday in Pittsburgh. Richards has three goals and eight assists in his last nine games. Gagne has four goals and seven assists in his last nine.
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