Daniel Brière had a great night at the office. The office in this case is the area behind the opposition’s net and that’s where Brière was working as he set up a pair of goals to help the Canadiens defeat the Ottawa Senators in Montreal’s final pre-season game Thursday night at the Bell Centre. There’s a little more room behind the net this year because the nets themselves are shallower. That might have played a role in the Canadiens’ first goal as Brière found Alex Galchenyuk in front of the net. “I haven’t paid much attention” Brière said when asked about the shallow nets. “It’s very possible that the pass might have hit the old nets. It could be good for me because it’s an area where I like to play. When there’s a turnover and we get the puck behind the net there’s going to be an opportunity to do something.” Max Pacioretty said he has thought about the extra room and he said it suits his game. “When you get to the corner you have a little bit of extra space to get around the D-man” said Pacioretty. “I like to play down low and go around the defenceman.” While the extra space would seem to favour forwards goaltender Carey Price said he liked the change because he is good at covering the bottom of the net. That doesn’t surprise Brière. “He’s big and he moves really well” Brière said of Price. “There are goalies that are very comfortable when the play is behind the net and he seems to be one of them.” Brière is the newcomer on a line with Pacioretty and David Desharnais. He noted that he’s the outsider and must adjust to his linemates. But he told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell Thursday that he enjoys playing in the system. “I welcomed it” Brière said of the high intensity in your-face style. “I love the system. You get to use your speed a lot more. It’s a lot of read and react out there. That’s what I like. You’ve got to see and take what’s given. And also whenever you don’t have the puck you’re chasing it. You’re always on it. You’re relentless. I think it suits well to the way I play the game.” Pacioretty who was the beneficiary of Brière’s second assist said he feels Brière has already made the adjustment.
Canadiens’ Daniel Brière enjoying extra space behind nets
Montreal Gazette | Sep 28