Center Danny Briere scored two goals Monday to help the Flyers but he also made a hit that would cost him two games.
Hannan had just put the Avs up 4-2 when Briere hit him from the blind side with an elbow to the neck, according to TSN. The Colorado defenseman left the game and wouldn’t return.
Briere wasn’t penalized during the game but it wasn’t surprising that he was suspended because he appeared to leave his feet while making the hit.
The Fly Guy would miss games on Wednesday and Friday but should be back by Saturday if he immediately begins his suspension.
It didn’t seem like the Flyers were planning to fight for their guy’s right to play.
“We were informed that Briere was suspended two games by the NHL for his hit last night on Hannan,” said Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren. “It’s obviously disappointing to not have Danny in the lineup for the next few games, but it’s a decision that the league has come down with and we’ll live with it. We look forward to having Danny back in the lineup in two games.”
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Briere likely wouldn’t appeal the NHL’s decision.
“I respect the decision,” said Briere. “I’ll live with it, and try to move on after the two-game suspension.”
The Flyers know what it’s like to play without Briere (and his 10 goals on the season). The 32-year-old scorer already missed four games this season with injuries.