PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: Danny Briere #48 of the Philadelphia Flyers scores past Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Briere’s one of the best post-lockout playoff performers


Danny Briere is hands down one of the best playoff performers in the post-lockout era. How many other guys can score despite the handicap of being offside?

Still, Briere’s controversial goal wouldn’t have been a factor if he hadn’t managed to score again in the third period. It was a big night for him and far from his first headline-worthy postseason performance. Regardless of how he does in the regular season, Briere rises above the crowd in the playoffs. In fact, after Wednesday’s games, Briere is now tied with Henrik Zetterberg for the lead in postseason points since the lockout.

Briere scored twice on Wednesday, while Zetterberg found the back of the net once, to tie them up at 95 playoff points in the post-lockout era. Of course, it helps that both players have advanced to at least the first round in every season since the lockout. Briere managed to accomplish that feat by spending 2005-06 and 2006-07 with Buffalo before heading to Philadelphia. Still, that leaves Briere with an extremely impressive 95 points in 93 playoff games.

On a team that includes Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, and Jaromir Jagr, the man the Penguins might need to worry about the most is Briere.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.