Danny Briere was offside. The officials didn't notice, and after the result of the play, it's apparent that only one side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania cares.
Briere received a pass from Brayden Schenn just after stepping over the blue line, skated in on goal on a breakaway and beat Marc-Andre Fleury for his 97th career playoff point in 98 career playoff games. More importantly, it cut the Pittsburgh Penguins' lead over the Philadelphia Flyers down to 3-1 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
It appeared as though the officials also missed a would-be icing call on Pascal Dupuis' goal late in the first period, so in a sense, the botched call makes all things equal.
The Flyers have seemed a bit more energized in the second period, and the goal only helps their cause. A 3-1 game makes for much more realistic comeback than a 3-0 game, and if Philadelphia can grab the next goal of the hockey game, we'll have an interesting contest on our hands.
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