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Briere Makes Big Waves

Thursday, 01.25.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Briere Makes Big Waves
Daniel Briere became part of a pretty exclusive club on Wednesday night. With a goal and four assists, Briere earned MVP honors in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game and joined such hockey legends as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Ray Bourque, Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr in the prestigious club.

"I don't think it's sunk in," said Briere. "I don't think I fully realize what's going on. One thing I can tell you is it's very exciting. I'm trying to enjoy every minute of it. That was my goal coming into this week, trying to enjoy my time here.

"Growing up, I've watched a lot of All-Star games. I've watched lot of guys get named MVP. I never thought in the first place, that I'd ever get the chance to come here and play in the All-Star Game."

Briere became just the second Sabres player to be named the game's most valuable player. Sniper Rick Martin accomplished the feat in 1977 with a pair of third period goals, including the game winner, to lift the Wales Conference to a dramatic 4-3 victory.

"I feel fortunate just to be here and to win the MVP," said Briere. "I got help from guys around me tonight, playing with (Dany) Heatley, (Marian) Hossa and (Zdeno) Chara."

Briere squad couldn't rebound the way Martin's did in the late 70s, even though the Gatineau, Quebec-native posted an Eastern-Conference high plus-five rating. The Western Conference defeated the East 12-9 after taking a 9-6 lead into the third period.

"That line of Heatley, Hossa and Briere was a very good line and made some great plays," said Sabres and the Eastern Conference's head coach Lindy Ruff. "Danny made several really good passes and they just seemed to click."

The five-foot-nine, 177-pound center helped the Eastern Conference to a victory in the skills competition on Tuesday night, competing in the Puck Relay and Shootout competitions. Both events showcased Briere's quick hands, the two weapons that have scored him a team high 57 points (18+39) in 49 games for Buffalo this season.

"He showed a side that maybe that some people don't give him too much credit for," said teammate Ryan Miller, who allowed three goals off 12 shots in the first period. "He's a great goal scorer, but he made some good setups tonight and looked sharp."

Buffalo defenseman Brian Campbell, who accompanied Briere and Miller in the East's starting lineup, posted a team-high 20:55 TOI, recording a blocked shot and a plus-one rating.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82