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Briere gives us Messier-type moment in East finals

Updated: May 31, 2006, 5:10 PM ET
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- I saw Mark Messier on the ice. I interviewed Mark Messier after games. And, I can tell you, Danny Briere is no Mark Messier. (Don't take it personally, Danny, you're still a heck of nice guy and a very good hockey player.)

But for one night, Briere had a little No. 11 magic in his game.

After getting the "it's Mark Messier time" pep talk from coach Lindy Ruff on Monday afternoon, Briere came through with a season-extending overtime winner in a 2-1 decision ...

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