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Briere demoted, promoted all in one game

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08:19 AM ET 02.29 | After yielding an early goal, Ilya Bryzgalov shut out the Sharks the rest of the way in San Jose, though Peter Laviolette's Flyers went on to lose, 1-0. [Laviolette] demoted Danny Briere to the fourth line, where he centered Sean Couturier and Zac Rinaldo. Briere, who is goal-less in his last 17 games, was dominating in the first period, creating numerous scoring chances. Later in the game, Briere was on the top line, centering Jagr and Scott Hartnell. With 4 minutes, 52 seconds left in regulation, Briere was checked into the boards, headfirst, by Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Somehow, Vlasic was not penalized, though he could be suspended by the league.

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February 29, 2012  09:08 AM ET

Didn't see the hit, but it sounds like Vlasic may be in a real pickle.

February 29, 2012  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't see the hit, but it sounds like Vlasic may be in a real pickle.

beat me to it....canuck will be jealous

February 29, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Briere is like a pinball on the ice.

February 29, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't see the hit, but it sounds like Vlasic may be in a real pickle.

Its all "Kosher", no big Dill

February 29, 2012  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

beat me to it....canuck will be jealous

Been there...done that....but I still like it. ;-)

February 29, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Sheesh! 5 Rodney's and nobody gets any respect! And rightly so.

February 29, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Hey Brez, now that you're gone guess who's in first place (and beat the Canucks). Gotta say it now as the Yotes are like a yo-yo.

February 29, 2012  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hey Brez, now that you're gone guess who's in first place (and beat the Canucks). Gotta say it now as the Yotes are like a yo-yo.

Its a funny game sometimes.

The Flyer season seems to be going the way of J. P. Montoya. Crash and burn.

February 29, 2012  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hey Brez, now that you're gone guess who's in first place (and beat the Canucks). Gotta say it now as the Yotes are like a yo-yo.

Aren't they like 11-0-1 in their last dozen games?

February 29, 2012  10:57 AM ET

Good game last night. Thought that the Flyers carried the action most of the time. Both goalies made great saves.....

February 29, 2012  11:10 AM ET

I can't see how you can blame Bryz for that loss (although I'm sure Yote's fans had fun). Tough for any goalie to win when you don't score a goal.

February 29, 2012  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I can't see how you can blame Bryz for that loss (although I'm sure Yote's fans had fun). Tough for any goalie to win when you don't score a goal.

He didn't score any goals either now did he? ;-)

February 29, 2012  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Aren't they like 11-0-1 in their last dozen games?

Like Andy Capp staying sober, I wouldn't bet on the next dozen games :)

February 29, 2012  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Its a funny game sometimes. The Flyer season seems to be going the way of J. P. Montoya. Crash and burn.

Heading for the jet fuel, my big wet spot would have put that fire out all by myself.

February 29, 2012  11:56 AM ET

I watched the game. I would be highly surprised if a suspension resulted from the hit. Briere put himself in a very dangerous condition and Vlasic had no time to react. Both guys going for the puck in the corner and Briere decides to stop about 4-5 feet short of the boards and brace himself into Vlasic. Since Briere is 3 feet tall he lost the collision and ended up going head first into the boards.

February 29, 2012  12:22 PM ET

Vlasic's comment on the hit:

"He stopped right into me, and my momentum carried me forward," Vlasic said. "The ref told me that he saw it that way. I'm going there to get the puck, he turned into me and he got the worst of it."

February 29, 2012  12:23 PM ET

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/29/marc-edouard-vlasic-mig ht-get-a-call-about-his-hit-on-danny-briere/

that article has a video with the hit on it. There was no youtube yet. This is boarding, plain and simple. I can't believe the refs didn't make any call at all on the play. I swear officiating in this league is getting to WWE levels of credibility. If someone in Orange and Black had done that exact hit, they would definitely be looking at a suspension. Cripes we got guys getting 3 game suspensions for charging minors that weren't even head shots, but Le Hobbit goes headfirst into the boards and its <crickets>.

February 29, 2012  12:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Vlasic's comment on the hit:"He stopped right into me, and my momentum carried me forward," Vlasic said. "The ref told me that he saw it that way. I'm going there to get the puck, he turned into me and he got the worst of it."

Yeah i guess his momentum caused him to fully extend his arms as well. Come on dude, use your head.

 
February 29, 2012  12:31 PM ET

its adding a space when i link it for some reason, just paste it in your browser if you want to see the hit.

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/29/marc-edouard-vlasic-might-ge t-a-call-about-his-hit-on-danny-briere/

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