On Tuesday night, Briere said: "I was trying to pump his tires and trying to be positive, and obviously people try to read between the lines. . . . Bryz has been great and he's playing awesome - and we need him to keep playing that way. He makes us all look better."
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, asked Tuesday about Briere's saying Bryzgalov has been a better teammate lately, said, "I think Bryz has been fine all year."
Bryzgalov entered the night on a hot streak, compiling a 2.16 goals-against average in his last nine games and boosting his season save percentage to .901. He made his ninth straight start Tuesday.
Depleted Red Wings
Detroit was without leading scorer Pavel Datsyuk (59 points), captain Nicklas Lidstrom (plus-25), goalie Jimmy Howard (2.05 GAA), winger Todd Bertuzzi (12 goals), and defensemen Jakub Kindl (plus-6) and Jonathan Ericsson (plus-17).
All are injured.
Howard's replacement, Joey MacDonald, has been superb. He began the night with a 7-2-1 record, 1.69 GAA, and .933 save percentage.
The Flyers, who have played most of the season without captain Chris Pronger, were missing injured defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros, and winger James van Riemsdyk.
The Flyers agreed to terms with 6-foot-4, 195-pound Ohio State goalie Cal Heeter on a two-year, $1.85 million contract that starts in 2012-13. Heeter, 23, a St. Louis native, went 13-11-5 with a 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage this season.
Crosby and Flyers
Sidney Crosby was cleared to skate, which means the Flyers may face the Penguins star three times in the season's last three weeks. The Flyers meet Pittsburgh on March 18, April 1, and April 7.
Claude Giroux entered the night with 32 power-play points (six goals, 26 assists), tops in the league. . . . Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann revealed that his last name ends with two n's. It had been spelled with one n during his entire NHL career. . . . Flyers color commentator Steve Coates played five games with the Red Wings in 1976-77.
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