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 couldnt 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 wasnt 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 moms favourite hockey team last summer.

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

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.

Its a good feeling. I felt like Ive been waiting for a big game like that for a long time. Its a good feeling to feel a part of the team, to feel like youre helping out, said Briere.


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