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NHL roundup: Flyers' Briere out indefinitely

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Monday that forward Daniel Briere will be out indefinitely following a hit by Penguins forward Joe Vitale in the closing minutes of Philadelphia's 6-4 win on Sunday afternoon.

Briere had the puck when Vitale delivered a hard hit with just over a minute remaining in Sunday's game at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The hit sparked a wild brawl that saw 52 penalty minutes handed out and left both Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette arguing over cheap shots.

Briere, 34, has 16 goals and 33 assists in 70 games this season for the Flyers. He will sit out with an upper back contusion.

The Penguins and Flyers appear on track to meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, as the sit in fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the Eastern Conference. Pittsburgh (48-25-6, second in Atlantic Division) remains mathematically alive to catch the Rangers for the top spot in the East, but New York needs just one point in its remaining three games to clinch the first seed. Likewise, Philadelphia (46-24-9, third in Atlantic Division) needs just one point in its next three games to prevent New Jersey from moving in on the No. 5 spot.

The Flyers and Penguins will play again on the final day of the regular season, a 4 p.m. game on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Flyers return to action on Tuesday night, hosting the Rangers at the Wells Fargo Center, while the Penguins travel to Boston for a Tuesday night battle at TD Garden.

---The Toronto Maple Leafs will use their final games of the season to take a closer look at one of their top prospects, as the team summoned forward Joe Colborne from the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

Colborne, 22, has played nine games for the Leafs in 2011-12, with a goal and three assists. In 60 games for the Marlies, he has 16 goals and 21 assists. The 6-foot-5 Calgary native was a first-round pick (16th overall) of the Boston Bruins in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and was acquired along with a first-round draft pick in exchange for Tomas Kaberle last February.

The Maple Leafs (34-36-9, fourth in Northeast Division) have been eliminated from playoff contention. They face the Buffalo Sabres (38-31-10, third in Northeast Division) on Tuesday night at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

---The Dallas Stars have returned defenseman Jordie Benn to the team's AHL affiliate in Austin.

The older brother of Dallas forward Jamie Benn has been with the team since being recalled from the Texas Stars on March 12, but has not seen game action during that span. He played two games for Dallas in January, picking up his first NHL point with an assist on Loui Eriksson's goal in a loss to the Red Wings on January 3.

In 56 games for Texas this season, the elder Benn has nine goals and 19 assists. Jamie Benn, in his third season with Dallas, has registered career bests in goals (26), assists (36) and plus-minus (17) this season.

---Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey was suspended for one game by the NHL on Monday for charging Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky on Sunday.

Based on Quincey's average annual salary, Quincey will forfeit $16,891.89.

The incident in question occurred in the third period of Sunday's game and, at the time, Quincey was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for elbowing.

Quincey has two goals and one assist in 16 games played this season.
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