IT MUST have been the heat of the moment.
But with the help of video, a day's worth of contemplation and a non-ruling from Brendan Shanahan, Flyers forward Danny Briere viewed his hit from the Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic a little bit differently yesterday.
"I thought it was worse when I was on the ice, when it happened, than when I saw it on the video," Briere said after the Flyers' morning skate. "It wasn't as hard as I thought originally; it's probably what saved me."
As such, Briere luckily avoided a concussion on the headfirst hit, and he was back in the lineup last night against the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center in the Flyers' first game in Philadelphia after a 10-day road trip.
"Luckily, I don't think I ran into the boards too hard," Briere said. "Sometimes, I think . . . it's more important of how awkward you run into the boards. It did look bad. But somehow, I was able to roll. I'm not so sure it's the best way to go - to tuck your chin in. But I feel fortunate to escape with nothing too major."
Briere still was disappointed there was no call on the play, which could have brought a 2-minute boarding penalty with 4:52 left and the Flyers down by a goal in a game they lost, 1-0.
"I was surprised that nothing was called, but the whole game, they let us play," Briere said. "It was just one of those games. I thought it was pretty fair for both sides. It would been nice to have the power play there, but sometimes refs don't have the luxury of video."
The Flyers game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center on March 18 has been selected as NBC's Game of the Week. The start time is now 12:30 p.m. instead of 3.