Briere Is Confident The Flyers Are On The Upswing
2/19/2013 11:36:00 AM
If the last two games are any indication, Danny Briere has officially busted out of his early season slump.
Briere had just four points in his first 11 games after returning from a wrist injury that he suffered while playing in Germany during the lockout. After scoring the Flyers’ lone goal in Montreal on Saturday, Briere added three more points (2 goals, 1 assist) yesterday to help the Orange and Black to a 7-0 victory over the New York Islanders.
After yesterday’s game, Briere sat down with Dan Rosen of NHL.com to talk about his expectations on where the Flyers will end up when all is said and done this season and what getting a couple of goals against the Islanders meant for his confidence level.
"There's no doubt, but we have to understand that we're not always going to win by five, six or seven goals. Games are going to get hard and we have to find a way to keep fighting through those games, all the way through. But there's no doubt that if we use this in the right, positive manner that yeah, it is a game you can build a lot of confidence from.
"Personally, there's no doubt getting one goal in the last game and two more [Monday], you get back on the ice and you don't feel pressure to rush your plays. You have a little bit more patience with the puck. We all know, offensive guys, that's what we need to be successful. If you rush plays you just become like most of the other players, and that's something I need to find again, to get back to."
Briere’s line accounted for six points last night (Brayden Schenn – 1 goal, 1 assists / Wayne Simmonds – 1 assist). With a new-look first line of Read-Giroux-Voracek, Briere and company will be leaned on to provide a scoring punch.
If the Flyers are going to make their way up the Eastern Conference standings, they're going to need a lot more multipoint nights from Briere and a lot less goose eggs.