Daniel Brière finds himself back in familiar territory as he lines up with the Canadiens’ first power-play unit. “It’s good to be back there because I didn’t play much on the power play last year in Philadelphia” Brière said Tuesday after the Canadiens practised in Brossard. “That’s partly my fault because I had injuries and I wasn’t playing that well.” A healthy Brière said he’s starting to feel comfortable with new linemates Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais and that playing together on the power play has helped the line come together. “We had some success on the power play early (Monday) night and that’s good for the confidence” said Brière who assisted on the first of two power play goals by Pacioretty in the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. “I thought we played well on the power play and that will carry over into our 5-on-5 play” added Brière who was the Canadiens’ most significant acquisition in the off-season. “We’re getting to know each other where we’re going to be and what we’re going to do in certain situations.” Brière was cycling down low when he found Pacioretty in the high slot for Montreal’s first goal. Brière said the power play has always been a large part of his game. “Even when I was starting in Phoenix and I was playing on the fourth line I had time on the power play” he recalled of his early days in the National Hockey League. Brière’s success on the power play is reflected in the statistics. He has scored 102 of his 286 goals with the extra man and he has also collected 148 power-play assists. While the Canadiens haven’t spent a lot of time working on special teams it appears that coach Michel Therrien is relying heavily on defencemen P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov. The Canadiens were on the power play for 6:08 Monday and Markov was on the ice for 5:44 and Subban logged 5:30. Subban assisted on Pacioretty’s second goal when he caught the Devils’ defence napping with a stretch pass from deep in the Canadiens’ zone to the far blue line. Pacioretty beat Martin Brodeur with a backhander off the rush. “You saw his speed and his hands on that goal” Brière said.
Canadiens’ Daniel Brière enjoying spot on power play
Montreal Gazette | Sep 25