Danny Briere

How iconic 2010 comeback over Bruins leaves many wondering about today's Flyers

How iconic 2010 comeback over Bruins leaves many wondering about today's Flyers

In April 2010, the Flyers snuck into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, finishing with 41 wins and 88 points.

The 2009-10 regular season was nothing to write home about for the Flyers. Game 82 and the playoffs, though, will always be remembered.

The Flyers had a never-say-die group that clicked when its back was up against the wall. Intangibles like belief and togetherness were prevalent among that team.

“Timing is everything," Brian Boucher said Monday. "You can have a great roster on paper and it may never work out or maybe there are bumps in the road at certain times where you can’t get your game going. But if you can find your game at the right time, I think that is key. That’s what happened for us in 2009-10. We kind of stumbled around all year long, we had a coaching change, we had injuries and were able to get in and find confidence. Even in the midst of adversity through the playoffs, we had a lot of injuries in the playoffs but still worked our way through it.”

Boucher propelled that club into the postseason with an epic 2-1 shootout win over the Rangers in Game 82. The team then made history by erasing a 3-0 series deficit against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, punctuated by overcoming a 3-0 hole in Game 7 to win, 4-3, at TD Garden.

Talk about a no-quit bunch.

The iconic Game 7 was 10 years ago today, May 14, and will re-air at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The 3-0 rallies were a perfect microcosm of that team, which ran all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before falling short in six games to the Blackhawks.

Now is a fitting time to relive the 2009-10 club because the 2019-20 squad had a similar feel before the NHL was forced to suspend the regular season on March 12 amid the coronavirus outbreak. While this year's team already had 41 wins and was projected to finish with 104 to 105 points prior to the hiatus, it was just starting to build an identity.

Boucher and Danny Briere compared it to the 2009-10 team.

“That’s what makes it so disappointing to not have the playoffs right now," Briere said in a video interview last week with NBC Sports Philadelphia's Taryn Hatcher. "It was that swagger that the Flyers were playing with the last two months of the regular season before it stopped. It reminded me of 2010 — kind of a slow start but then after the holidays, kind of coming together, gelling, having that swagger that, ‘We’re up there, we’re with the best teams in the East, we know we can surprise a lot of people.’

"On a nightly basis, they just went out and dominated. I hope we get to see it, I don’t know what’s going to happen. But it definitely reminded me of the 2010 team.”

That team made indelible memories for the city of Philadelphia. For now, many can only wonder if the 2019-20 team was on the verge of doing the same.

And wonder when Philly will live — not relive — another run to the Cup.

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Should Danny Briere make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Should Danny Briere make Flyers Hall of Fame?

Going End to End today are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Brooke Destra, Katie Emmer, Taryn Hatcher, Joe Fordyce and Jordan Hall.

The topic: Should Danny Briere make the Flyers Hall of Fame?

Destra

I owe a lot of my knowledge about hockey to Briere and the Flyers era he was a part of. Watching him showcased the type of athletes you hope to have on your team — and luckily, he spent six years of his career here in Philadelphia.

Looking at the names of those currently inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame, you see names that have impacted the team both on and off the ice. Briere was a fan favorite for many reasons — being fearless during games, how he came alive during the playoffs and his community outreach was always above and beyond. The fans and city became a priority. 

I think Briere would be a nice addition to the growing list, as he checks off just about everything needed to even be considered. While part of it could be my nostalgia talking — hearing the phrase, “Danny Briere will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame,” just sounds right. Right? 

Emmer

What makes a Flyers Hall of Famer is someone who played an extensive amount of time in the NHL, had a high peak during their career, was sensational at his position and what I believe most important — added a ton of value to his team. 

Briere was most of those things.

Despite a share of injuries throughout his time with the Flyers, Briere still managed to average just under 50 points a season throughout his six years in Philadelphia. 

Where he really proved to be elite was when playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Briere had a combined 72 points throughout five postseason runs with the orange and black. Flyers fans will remember the 2010 playoffs for many reasons — Briere was one of them, notching 30 points, the most by any player in the NHL playoffs that year.

On top of his accomplishments on the ice, Briere was also a fan favorite in Philadelphia. He always made time for fans, charity events and community events — and a player with those qualities is a player to value, truly. 

I can’t say for sure if Briere will be a Flyers Hall of Famer, but if there was a Hall of Fame for best postseason performers in franchise history, he certainly would be at the top of the list.  

Hatcher

Some people like numbers, for those I’ll start here: 53 playoff goals, 63 playoff assists for 116 total postseason points. Briere is one of the highest-level postseason performers of his era. He averaged nearly a point per playoff game, which puts him in the top-100 players all-time in that category. 

In terms of who he is, I think Briere has an even stronger argument. No secret, at the start of his career there were serious questions about his size and potential durability in a league that loved the big, the strong and the fast. But, the man put in the work.

Briere bounced around the AHL, NHL and IHL for four seasons before getting his shot at a full calendar year in the NHL. He went from that rocky start to being a guy who — in his own words, “when the game was on the line ... wanted to be the guy who was going to make the play ... wanted to have the puck ... wanted to find a way to make it happen." 

And so many times he managed to do exactly that.

Fordyce

I'm a huge Briere fan, but this is a no for me. Parts of six seasons with the Flyers and two 30-plus-goal seasons is impressive no doubt, but I don’t feel like Briere was ever the best player on his team during his Flyers tenure.

Briere’s Flyers career will always be remembered for his playoff performances, but I don’t believe his tenure as a whole is Flyers HOF worthy. He was a very good Flyer, but I believe Hall of Famers need to be great. 

Hall

Briere has an interesting case.

The most compelling aspect to it is his work in the playoffs, which created a Briere aura for fans and the organization. That stuff goes a long way.

With 37 goals and 35 assists in 68 postseason games for the orange and black, Briere has more playoff points in a Flyers jersey than guys like Tim Kerr, Reggie Leach, Eric Lindros, Rod Brind'Amour, Eric Desjardins and Dave Poulin — all Flyers Hall of Famers.

Briere will get in.

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How well do you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances?

How well do you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances?

Let’s see how well you know the history of the Flyers when it comes to their All-Star appearances.

Some of the most iconic names that have represented the orange and black during the January break are mentioned in this quiz.

What you’re tasked to do is select the correct amount of times the athlete pictured was named to an All-Star Game while in Philadelphia.

You can take the quiz here ... good luck!

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