Briere gets 3-game suspension

Danny Briere was suspended three games for a cross-check in Saturday's win over the Islanders. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Danny Briere has been suspended for three games by the NHL for his stickwork on the Islanders' Frans Neilsen in the final minute of the Flyers' 6-1 win Saturday night.

Briere had a conference call with the disciplinary committee at 10 a.m. this morning.

He will miss the Flyers home games tonight against Carolina and Thursday against the Rangers, and Saturday at the Islanders.

Briere and Neilsen were jawing prior to a faceoff and after the puck was dropped Briere went to Neilsen's face with his stick. He was called for a cross-check major and then given a game misconduct.

That led to a lot of pushing and shoving between both teams and included a game misconduct for Dan Carcillo.

The Flyers have recalled left wing Eric Wellwood from Adirondack, on emergency conditions. Wellwood will be available to make his NHL debut tonight against Carolina.


Wellwood has scored three goals and added an assist in 11 games for the Phantoms this season. The native of Windsor, Ontario, was selected by the Flyers in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2009 draft. 

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