Flyers center Danny Briere said the third-period injury he suffered in Game 5 - he had about 10 stitches administered after he was cut by Duncan Keith's high stick - has not affected his vision and that he is 100 percent healthy for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Briere was cut below his right eye.

"I've had to deal with a lot worse," Briere said after participating in a crisp practice at the Wachovia Center. "I won't feel it when I play."

The Hawks lead the series, three games to two, and can clinch their first title since 1961 with a win at the Wachovia Center.

The Stanley Cup will be at the rink Wednesday. Asked if the Flyers had extra motivation to deny a Cup presentation, Briere said, "The motivation comes from wanting to push this thing to Game 7."

Including the regular-season finale, the Flyers are 5-0 in games in which a loss would have sent them home.

"Every time it happens, you have confidence from it, from knowing you can trust the guy beside you because they're going to be ready and they're going to be there for you," said Briere, the NHL's second-leading playoff scorer with 27 points.

"It's our biggest challenge so far," winger Ian Laperriere said.

Is he confident?

"Yeah, why not? Nobody is down. We didn't play the way we wanted in Chicago," he said, referring to a 7-4 loss in Game 5. "We're in our barn now and we know how we play here. . . . We've had our backs against the wall so many times this year and we've responded well, and I'm confident we will again."

Chicago is also feeling good about its chances.

"The biggest part is just sticking to our game plan as a team," Blackhawks center John Madden said.

"Even though it's a game where we can clinch, it doesn't change anything for us. We have to play the same way we did in Game 5, with the same mentality and be ready to play. This game is going to be a lot faster-paced than we have had before; it's just different ramifications about it."

Breakaways

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said it was "nauseating" when his Carolina team lost Game 6 to Edmonton in the 2006 Finals. "I went back to the hotel and almost threw up," he said. Carolina rebounded and won Game 7. . . . The Hawks have won two of their previous playoff series this year on the road in Game 6, doing it in Nashville and Vancouver. . . . In the playoffs overall, the top seven scorers are Flyers or Blackhawks. Chicago's leaders are Jonathan Toews (first with 28 points), Patrick Kane (third with 25), and Patrick Sharp (tied for fifth with 21). The Flyers' leaders: Briere (second with 27 points), Mike Richards (fourth with 23), Claude Giroux (tied for fifth with 21), and Ville Leino (tied for seventh with 19). . . . In the Finals, the Flyers are 5 for 19 (26.3 percent) on the power play, while the Hawks are 3 for 12 (25 percent). . . . In the playoffs, Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien has an NHL-best five game-winning goals - one more than Briere. . . . A pep rally will be held from noon to 2 p.m. outside the Wachovia Center, and a block party will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday outside the AT&T Pavilion on the 11th Street side. Doors to the arena will open at 6 p.m. for the 8 p.m. game.

Contact staff writer Sam Carchidi at 215-854-5181 or scarchidi@phillynews.com.
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