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Briere continues to haunt Sabres with stellar performances, widens playoff scoring lead over old team

The score in the playoffs since July 1, 2007? Danny Briere 36, Buffalo Sabres 33.

That's right, since being let go by the Sabres and signing with Philadelphia, Briere has outscored Buffalo in the postseason. Briere has 36 goals and 69 points in 64 playoff games with the Flyers. The Sabres, meanwhile, scored 18 times against Philly in their first-round loss last year and found the net 15 times against Boston in 2010.

Also, Briere has nine game-winning goals. The Sabres have five.

Yet no one in Sabres' management felt it was a good idea to lock up Briere.

"I don't think you spend $63 million to build your team around Danny," Larry Quinn said in February 2011 when he and fellow owner Tom Golisano sold the Sabres. "[Ryan] Miller is more of a guy, [Tyler] Myers is more of a guy. Tom's point is if you'd made those decisions you couldn't be paying [Tyler] Ennis, Myers, Miller, [Thomas] Vanek. You couldn't, so we made a choice. We'll see if we're wrong. It's not over yet."

I'd say it's over, especially after watching Briere put up seven goals in seven games this spring, including the overtime winner Sunday.

"He has his ups and downs, but he just picks it up in the playoffs. And that's what matters," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told reporters. "He's a guy who consistently gets it done."

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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