The Stat Line Of The Night – 1/6/11 – Danny Briere
Locked in a tight battle with the Pittsburgh Penguins for top spot in both the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers were in need of a victory in order to remain a single point behind their inner-state rivals. Playing in New Jersey against a Devils team that had only won six of their previous twenty home games, the Flyers did not want to let even one point slip away, and late in the game Danny Briere made sure that wouldn’t be the case.
With the two teams tied 2-2 after two periods, the outcome of this game was still up in the air. That was when Briere took over. Two minutes and 48 seconds into the third period, he took a Ville Leino pass in the slot and fired it past Johan Hedberg for his first of the night. Just under nine minutes later he struck again, this time getting a little luck as his cross-crease pass deflected off the skate of Devils’ defenseman Colin White and into the net for his 20th goal of the season. That would be all the Flyers would need as they held on for the 4-2 victory.
The win gave the Flyers an important two points, as it moved them to within one point of the Penguins for top spot in the Eastern Conference with two fewer games played. There is no doubt that the Flyers are once again legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, and Briere is a key piece to that puzzle. He showed why last night, and it was enough to earn him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Thursday, January 6, 2011.