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."