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.