Habs' Briere claws way out of doghouse

Montreal Canadiens centre Daniel Briere (48) scores on Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson as...

Montreal Canadiens centre Daniel Briere (48) scores on Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson as Chris Phillips (4) defends during NHL action at the Bell Centre Saturday. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:26 PM ET

MONTREAL - It couldnít have been easy for a veteran guy like Daniel Briere the last few days.

A healthy scratch for the Montreal Canadiens the last two games of their recently concluded road trip, this wasnít the way it was supposed to go for the 36-year-old when he signed a two-year, $8 million deal to play for his momís favourite hockey team last summer.

ďI have no control over when I play or how much I play,Ē said Briere Saturday morning as he prepared to make his return to the lineup against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. ďItís been a rollercoaster season. I know I can help out. Iíve been through tough times before. This is not the first time and I found a way out of it.Ē

Brier found a way out of it Saturday night, finding a way to get a couple pucks behind Senators goaltender Craig Anderson and helping set up another goal by Canadiens captain Brian Gionta in the third period of the Canadiens 4-3 loss in overtime to the Senators.

ďItís a good feeling. I felt like Iíve been waiting for a big game like that for a long time. Itís a good feeling to feel a part of the team, to feel like youíre helping out,Ē said Briere.


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