Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/03/10 at 11:10 AM ET
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Ninety-nine percent of the time, a player in Briere’s spot would dump the puck into the Boston zone or, at most, skate it in and pull up to wait for friendlies to join him. But Briere suddenly sped up, skated between the Bruins, fired a backhand shot and then flipped his own rebound past Tuukka Rask for the goal that sent the game into overtime.
So if Briere is capable of such artistry, why doesn’t he do it more often? The answer is complex and sheds light on the psychology of players rising to the occasion in big games.
And Briere does that. He has a long history of playoff success, even if he sometimes seems to get lost for stretches during the regular season.
“He certainly has a special set of skills,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “He’s a gifted player, and those players have every opportunity to make a difference.”
read on and watch the goal below…
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