Flyers' Briere looks up to Chara

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:49 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- When it comes to size, it's no match.

Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara is about a foot taller than Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere.

But Briere, generously listed at 5-foot-10, has had the upper hand when they've met in the playoffs.

Briere's teams are 2-0 against Chara's and the matchup between the two will be a key "game within the game" when the Bruins and Flyers meet in Game 1 Saturday of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Briere had five goals and five assists against the Bruins last spring when the Flyers climbed out of an 0-3 series hole. Briere also had a goal and three assists when he played for the Buffalo Sabres in a five-game win over Chara's Ottawa Senators in 2006.

"You have to find ways to make him work," Briere said of how to play Chara, a former Norris Trophy winner who is a finalist again this season. "It is not going to be easy and we know that.

"I have had the chance to face him a few times in the playoffs. He is going to make it tough on us, but we are not going to back down. That is the only way to approach it and you have to be willing to compete against him."

Chara has his hands full with small, shifty forwards who put pucks behind him and make him turn and skate (most defencemen do, huh?) That's what the Sabres did to him in 2006.

Chara missed Game 2 of the opening round against the Montreal Canadiens because of a virus that caused him to lose 10 pounds in one day. Chara, who normally plays at about 255 pounds, said Friday he had regained seven of those pounds.


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