Found April 02, 2012 on Philly Sports World:
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Danny Briere was injured by a hit from Pittsburgh Center Joe Vitale.  Briere is out indefnitely with a back contusion.

Danny Briere was injured by a hit from Pittsburgh Center Joe Vitale. Briere is out indefnitely with a back contusion.

The Philadelphia Flyers won an important matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins yesterday, but the fallout from the game, and the brawl that ensued in the final minutes continued to be felt today.

Danny Briere was hit hard late in the game yesterday by Pittsburgh center Joe Vitale, sparking an all out riot between the two teams. Unfortunately for the Flyers, Briere was injured and is out indefinitely with a back contusion. With less than a week left in the regular season, it is safe to say Briere will not return until the playoffs begin.

Also injured by a hit from Joe Vitale was defenseman Nicklas Grossman. Grossman has been an excellent addition to the Flyers depleted defense corps. His stay at home style has really helped the Flyers lock down a once leaky defense since his acquisition ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Grossman is expected to miss 7-10 days with a knee injury. The Flyers are already without defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Andreas Lilja, in addition to the indefinite absence of Chris Pronger.

The melee that started with less than minute remaining in the game was caused by Vitale’s hit on Briere, but was in retaliation to cross-check on Pittsburgh’s boy wonder Sidney Crosby by Brayden Schenn. The ruckus involved all players on the ice, and spilled over to the benches.

Flyers’ coach Peter Laviolette climbed on the bench and was screaming at the Pittsburgh coaches, in particular Penguins’ assistant Tony Granato. Laviolette was restrained by former brawler and current Flyers’ assistant Craig Berube, but not before breaking a stick and raining profanity down on the opposition. In his postgame press conference, Peter Laviolette called Penguins’ coach Dan Bylsma’s actions in sending out his goons in the final minute of a blowout game “gutless.” Laviolette was fined $10,000 for his actions by the NHL and Granato $2,500.

The Flyers trail the Pens by 1 point for the 4th seed, which would give them home ice in the first round of the playoffs. The two teams will meet once more to conclude the regular season on Saturday, then will likely begin a 7 game series against each other.

These two team do not like each other as it is, and yesterday’s events will serve as fuel for the fire. Should be a lot of fun to watch these two teams in the playoffs.

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