The Montreal Canadiens took down the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 with the help of playoff hero Daniel Briere. Though he was a healthy scratch in Game 5, Briere stepped up and used some of that magic, scoring a goal and an assist in the deciding game.
He did it. Again.
You just can’t underestimate Daniel Briere when the Stanley Cup playoffs are on. Despite last having a 30-goal regular season in 2010-11, Briere has continued to be a terror in the playoffs. He had 52 points in 45 playoff games from 2010-2012 with the Philadelphia Flyers, including a Stanley Cup final appearance.
Going into Wednesday’s Game 7 against Boston, Briere had 113 career post-season points, ranked 64th on the all-time list. And with his two pointsl that helped the Habs knock out the Bruins on Boston ice, he moved past Sidney Crosby and into 61st place.
But, for the most part, this playoff season hasn't been too kind to Briere. At 36, maybe he was finally slowing down, even in spring. With four points in eight games, often playing less than 10 minutes a night, Briere was a healthy scratch in Game 5. He didn’t score in Game 6 either.
But in Game 7? He helped Montreal get on the board first, while playing with Brandon Prust and Dale Weise, with this assist.
And of course, there was more.
With the Bruins clawing back to within one lucky bounce of sending the game to overtime, it was Briere’s magic that created that bounce in Montreal’s favor instead. Carrying the puck in on Zdeno Chara, Briere tries to put it out front, but it hits Chara’s leg and goes into the Boston net instead. It gave Briere a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win that Montreal was outshot 30-18 in.
You’ve got to be good to be lucky, they say.
And now Montreal moves on to face the New York Rangers, where silver medal goalie Henrik Lundqvist faces off against gold medal goalie Carey Price. The only Canadian entry left against the great American metropolis. Home ice in favor of Montreal.
Who you got? Still want to bet against Briere?