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Philly Sports Daily: Pre-Playoff Break Could Work Magic for Flyers Against Sabres

It has been a long and draining couple weeks for the Flyers.

Close losses in important games, including four head-scratching defeats in their last five tries, had the word collapse on the tip of everyone’s tongue.

But with the bad taste of their near-meteoric fall down the standings rinsed away by an Atlantic Division title clinch, the second-seeded Flyers, thanks to nearly a week off before Game 1 at the Wells Fargo Center against the No. 7 Buffalo Sabres, get a chance to wipe the slate and prepare for a brand new season.

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Philly Sports Daily: Flyers F-Briere Out Vs Rangers With Lower Body Injury

WELLS FARGO CENTER — According to general manager Paul Holmgren on Sunday, the Flyers will be without forward Danny Briere against the New York Rangers as a result of “lower body soreness.”

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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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Flyers Look to Continue Odd Road Mastery of Canucks

Sitting second overall in the gritty Western Conference with 47 points, the Vancouver Canucks are no slouch of an opponent. But when the Flyers hit the ice tonight at 10 PM at Rogers Arena, they might just have history on their side.

Dating back to 1989, when (now general manager) Paul Holmgren was the head coach of the Flyers and the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, were eight-years-old, Philadelphia hasn’t lost a game in Vancouver. The odd and probably coincidental statistic spans 10 games, the last being in Oct. 2007, which was  a memorable 8-2 Flyers victory. The contest was highlighted by a then-Flyer Jesse Boulerice cross-check to the neck of Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler, which earned the enforcer a hefty suspension.

“There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” said veteran Flyers defenseman Sean O’Donnell. “I mean, they don’t play very often.

“I think it’s meaningful when you see a stat about not having beaten a team in 10 straight, when you play each other a lot, because it’s pretty much the same personnel. But when you stretch it out over 20 years or more, it’s just a bizarre coincidence.”

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It’s a Trap! Panthers Ready for Test vs Flyers

 

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While the Flyers (riding a five-game winning streak that includes victories over Pittsburgh, Montreal and the New York Rangers) may view tonight’s contest at the Wells Fargo Center versus the struggling Florida Panthers as a let down or trap game, the Panthers consider facing the red-hot Flyers a test of their fortitude.

“If we’re going to be a good team, we’ve got to beat the top teams,” said Florida forward Marty Reasoner, whose squad also faces the Penguins on their road trip. “So, we have to rise to the challenge of playing in those fun buildings.”

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Bruins eying fight with Flyers in game 2 of season series

The Boston Bruins may have exercised the demons of last season’s game 7 playoff collapse when they defeated the Flyers, 3-0, on Dec. 1.  But with the slate now wiped clean, the Bruins aren’t expecting the same type of easy result the second time around.

“Now you’ve got a team coming back, wanting to redeem themselves and get that win back that we stole from them in their home building,” Boston coach Claude Julien told the Boston Globe on Friday. “I would expect it to be a tough challenge. They’re an easy team to get up for, just like they’re going to say about us. It’s a natural rivalry that’s there and both teams are going to pull out their best.

“I expect an even bigger battle tomorrow, to be honest with you.”

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Tampa Bay, Gagne beat Flyers, 3-2

The Tampa Bay Lightning wanted nothing more than to take home a win in Philadelphia for former Flyers and current Lightning forward Simon Gagne.

It’s safe to say Gagne left his old hometown happy.

Pavel Kubina’s goal early in the third period would serve as the game-winner, as Tampa Bay handed Philadelphia it’s first regulation loss of the season, 3-2, Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

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“Drowsy” Briere and son in car accident

According to NBC Philadelphia, Flyers forward Danny Briere and son Cameron were in a car accident on Thursday morning in Binghamton, New York.

State police reported that while “a little drowsy,” Briere attempted to pass a tractor-trailer but drifted into the other lane where he side swiped the truck.  Briere’s car then ricocheted off the guardrail deploying the airbags, while the tractor-trailer jackknifed. Briere’s car was totaled.

Briere and son were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.  No word yet on the cause of his drowsiness.

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Despite game 6 pressure and injury, Briere continues to help community

With unimaginable pressure leading into game 6 tonight with his team facing elimination down 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks, Flyers forward Danny Briere still manages to keep it all in perspective.

The community-driven veteran acquired valuable game 6 luxury box tickets for a group of children currently receiving cancer treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“I’ve been extremely lucky. I am doing what I love to do, and playing in a series every hockey player dreams of,” Briere told the media. “I wanted to share this moment, not only with my friends and family, but with a few kids that are in a need of a reason to smile.”

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Briere injury update

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Two days off in between games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals couldn’t come at a better time for the Flyers and Danny Briere.

According to Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly.com, Briere was in such bad shape after receiving stitches under his right eye as a result of third period high stick, that he was unavailable to the media during the post game.

“At first glance, I almost thought it was intentional,” Laviolette told the media. “The puck wasn’t even around. Looking at it again, it should have been a four minute penalty. You have to be in control of your stick out there. Dangerously close to a severe eye injury.”

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