Danny Briere is neither confirming nor denying that Patrick Kaleta was the unnamed Sabre who Briere felt crossed the line with his on-ice razzing in Game Six. Briere said after the game that the verbal assault provided him added motivation.
“I’m not going to name any one," Briere said at practice Monday "Like I said, it was just a moment where he definitely crossed the line, but it definitely played into our favor. We tried to turn that to our advantage, which we did, both me and Scott [Hartnell]. There is no anger, and there is nothing that I want to do or see any more consequences. It was done yesterday, and that’s all it is. I’m just going to use that to my advantage to get me fired up even more.”
Kaleta reportedly incensed both Briere and Hartnell with references to their divorces.
Meanwhile, Mike Richards was nonchalant about escaping further discipline from the NHL for his hit that KO'd Tim Connolly.
“I was excited to play; there is no doubt about that," Richards said. "I am not worried about that and I am just worried about helping the team out and getting one by the goaltender tomorrow."
-- Bob DiCesare