Justified: Flyers Briere Heading to All-Star Game Afterall

It took a sick grandmother, but Flyers forward Danny Briere is heading to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC.

Originally snubbed from the honor due to what was thought to be an early-season suspension for a cross check to the head of New York Islanders’ forward Frans Nielsen, Briere told the media on Wednesday at the Flyers’ practice facility in Voorhees, NJ., that he was officially invited to the Jan. 30 game after Calgary Flames’ captain Jerome Iginla was excused from the event to tend to his sick grandmother.

Briere, 33, is in the midst of his most productive season with the Flyers, ranking seventh in the NHL in goals with 24 and 21st in points with 41. The fourth-year Flyer is on pace for 75 points, 44 goals and 31 assists.

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