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(Nov. 1, 2010) Briere suspended three games by NHL
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10-31-2010, 02:32 PM
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Briere cross-checked Nielsen, sparking a melee that earned himself and Dan Carcillo ejections from the game, as well as several players receiving penalties on both sides.
Hence, Briere will have a 10 a.m. conference call on Monday with the National Hockey League.
After the Neilsen bit, Briere went behind the net and got tangled up with irate Isles, not to mention goalie Rick DiPietro, who initially wanted to fight him, then decided to try for Carcillo. Nothing came of that, other than penalties all around.
“He was mad because we were two on [Trevor] Gillies in front of the net a few face-offs before,” Briere said of the altercation with DiPietro. “All I was trying to do was hold his arm because he was trying to hit [Braydon] Coburn.
“We didn’t want anybody fighting Gillies, we wanted him to leave him on the ice. All I was trying to do was hold his arm to protect Coburn a little bit and Nielsen called me a few expletive words and didn’t appreciate what I was doing.
“In the face-off before he did the same thing to me. He came over with his stick, had me in a head lock, so I didn’t know what he was doing, I just wanted to keep my hands high and try to protect myself.”
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