NHL notebook: Briere's goal ... Cdn women take aim ... Pavelec ready

A controversial goal by the Philadelphia Flyers' Danny Briere was approved by the league. (QMI...

A controversial goal by the Philadelphia Flyers' Danny Briere was approved by the league. (QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

A controversial goal by the Philadelphia Flyers' Danny Briere in a shootout got the seal of approval Friday from NHL senior vice-president Mike Murphy.

Briere came to a virtual halt in front of New Jersey Devils goalie Johan Hedberg before depositing the puck into the net Thursday night in Philadelphia.

"Briere attacked and made a stopping move, but in stopping he continued to dribble the puck from side to side," Murphy said.

"We had no issue with the play. We looked at it a number of times ... the puck stayed in motion and it was a good goal."

He said the league is more concerned with "spin-a-rama" moves in which the puck comes to a stop. The player can stop as long as the puck continues to move.

The Devils outscored Philly 2-1 in the shootout to win the game 4-3.

WOMEN AIM FOR CUP

As a three-time Olympic gold-medal winner, Caroline Ouellette knows what the expectations are for the Canadian team at the Four Nations Cup.

"When you represent Canada in hockey, one cannot help but go for gold," Ouellette said Friday before travelling with her teammates to the women's hockey tournament in Nykoping, Sweden.

Canada, the United States, Finland and Sweden will battle for the Cup starting Wednesday.

FLYERS CALL ON WELLWOOD

The Philadelphia Flyers recalled left winger Eric Wellwood from their Adirondack farm team Friday.

He could replace James van Riemsdyk in the Flyers lineup Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Van Riemsdyk has a lower-body injury and was a late scratch Thursday night.

General manager Paul Holmgren said, however, that van Riemsdyk might be healthy enough to play against the Jackets.

Meanwhile, defenceman Chris Pronger is expected back soon after recovering from a right eye injury Oct. 24.

Holmgren said the Flyers captain's vision is back to normal and has been cleared to play.

He is not expected back for Saturday's game.

BRING ON THE WORK

Ondrej Pavelec has no concerns about a heavy workload.

Indeed, at training camp the Winnipeg Jets goalie said he wanted to play in each and every game.

There's no chance that was going to happen but, with Chris Mason sidelined with a groin strain until at least Tuesday, Pavelec will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

"I'm absolutely fine with that and that's what you want -- you want to play the games and that's your job to be ready whenever they tell you," Pavelec said Friday.

Jets coach Claude Noel said he wouldn't hesitate to play Pavelec on consecutive nights as they'll face the New York Rangers Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

BRIEFLY

The Detroit Red Wings have assigned defenceman Brendan Smith to Grand Rapids of the AHL ... The Phoenix Coyotes have sent forward Andy Miele to Portland of the AHL.

 


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