Briere Leaves Game, Hartnell Benched in Flyers Win

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst INovember 11, 2008

Just wanted to write quickly to all about some news that was just brought my attention. Danny Briere who left today's game with a lower body injury after scoring the first goal of the game seems to be fine. The injury is not related to the abdomen that he previously had surgery on. The team will take Briere with them to Pittsburgh where he will be reevaluated. Overall, there is a good chance Danny will be in the lineup Thurs when the Flyers take on the rival Penguins.

During the same time Briere left the game, Scott Hartnell left the bench also around the same time. Scott is not hurt at all, actually Hartnell was benched by Coach John Stevens. On Hartnell being benched, "Scotty just didn't seem like he wanted to play tonight, so we went the other direction." "Scottie is a good player and we're going to need Scottie to get where we're going, but it just didn't look like he was going tonight," concluded Stevens.

Marty Biron played great today between the pipes stopping 35 of 36 Islander shots. He will most likely start against the Pens. Mike Richards' third period shorthanded goal turned out to be the game winner. Kimmo Timonen closed it out with an empty net goal. The Flyers penalty kill today was close to impeccable. 

Mike Richards and John Stevens on the Flyers PK, "Our PK was good all day," said Richards. "We never really gave them any second or third opportunities. You've got to give Marty credit and the defense for keeping it to the outside." "I thought all the guys on the ice did a great job, including Marty," said John Stevens of the penalty killing.

The Flyers now have a tough task ahead of them thurs when they play Pittsburgh at the igloo then followed by a date in Montreal with the Habs. With this win, the orange and black can take this win, build on it, and use this confidence looking forward.

"To have a road trip like this, this one was important to get ourselves going," said Marty Biron.