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After a season in which he sat out some games, spent much of his time on the fourth line and ranked 21st on the team in average ice time per game at 12:46, Daniel Briere believes it's time to deliver for the Montreal Canadiens.

"For me, the mindset going in has never been 'I'm a playoff performer,'" the 36-year-old said Monday. "When I prepare, what I'm thinking is that I want to be the guy that makes the big play. I want the puck when the game's on the line. It's not about thinking that I'm a playoff performer or that I'm better than anyone. I wish it was clearer or that there was a better explanation, but there really isn't." The Canadiens, who inked Briere to a two-year contact worth $4 million a season, will need his post-season scoring touch when they face the tight-checking Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, starting Wednesday. The Bolts won three of their four meetings, but three of the games went to either overtime or a shootout. Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games this season. But Montreal scored only four regulation-time goals in four games against Tampa, and Briere had two of them.

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Daniel Briere produced a power-play goal in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Buffalo.

His marker prevented Montreal's power play from going 0-for-6 in the match. "We had some chances," said Briere, who got 2:01 of ice time with the man advantage in the contest. "(Buffalo goaltender Matt) Hackett was good. And even on our chances we seemed to miss the net on a few occasions. One thing we talked about after the second period was trying to hit the net a little bit more and good things would happen." He has two points in his last two games to give him 24 on the year.

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Daniel Briere notched a pair of goals and added a helper for the Canadiens in Thursday's 6-5 shootout win over Pittsburgh.

Briere's first season in Montreal has been a massive disappointment to-date, but for one night he was the primary reason for a victory. Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alexei Emelin all found the back of the net for Montreal in the win.

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Daniel Briere had Montreal's only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Brian Gionta earned the lone assist on the play. Briere has two goals and one assist in his past two games, but he's been a big disappointment offensively this season and shouldn't be on your fantasy roster. He logged just 8:41 of ice time in Saturday's defeat.

Daniel Briere RW COL 7 Months

Daniel Briere contributed a goal and an assist for the Canadiens as they outplayed Boston to a 4-1 result Thursday.

The goal was the first he scored since he registered a pair on January 4th, snapping a string of 10 games, and the assist was just his third in 21 contests. Alexei Emelin, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta all found the back of the net in the Montreal win.

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Danny Briere lit the lamp twice for the Canadiens in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Senators on Saturday night.

Briere also added an assist on Brian Gionta's goal. Briere was brought in to add some punch to the lineup, but he has just seven goals and 13 points this season and was scratched the last two games. These were his first points since Dec. 4, a span of 10 games without one. Doug Murray and Tomas Plekanec picked up two helpers.

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Daniel Briere will dress Saturday night after being a healthy scratch for the last two games.

"For sure I am happy to be back in the lineup," he said. "That's what we train for. Whether you're 18 or 36, it's never easy to be scratched, and it's always a great feeling to be on the ice." He'll play between Travis Moen and Michael Bournival.

Daniel Briere RW COL 8 Months

Daniel Briere will be a healthy scratch again Thursday.

He didn't play on Tuesday night against Carolina either. Briere hasn't picked up a point in his last 10 outings and he has 10 points in 29 games this campaign.

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Daniel Briere will be a healthy scratch Thursday.

Ryan White will suit up against St. Louis in Briere's place. Briere played just 4:27 of ice time in Tuesday's win over Phoenix. He has five goals and five assists in 26 games this season.

Daniel Briere RW COL 8 Months

Daniel Briere logged just 4:27 of ice time in Tuesday's win over Phoenix.

He returned to his natural position of center during Wednesday's practice between Travis Moen and Michael Bournival. Coach Michel Therrien made the decision to bench Briere and it paid off in a third-period comeback win. He hasn't picked up a point in his last seven games and he hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 29.