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Ilya Bryzgalov’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad night

Oct 28, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

Tim Stapleton, Ilya Bryzgalov AP

Ilya Bryzgalov has had a rough go of things so far this year, but last night’s 9-8 loss to Winnipeg saw Bryzgalov come into the game in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky only to offer no relief at all giving up four goals on just ten shots faced including the game-winner with under two minutes left to play.

While Bobrovsky did most of the damage in giving up six goals in just over 20 minutes of play, Bryzgalov’s bad night proved to be the difference as the Flyers were mostly able to keep up with the offensively gifted for an evening Jets. Giving up nine goals to some teams might make some kind of sense, but the Jets? The former Thrashers who couldn’t score goals either? Yikes.

After the game, Bryzgalov faced the media and was harder on himself than any of the scribes could be.’s Tim Panaccio was there hearing from Bryzgalov as he railed against himself.

Not since Ron Hextall has a Flyer goalie truly thrown himself under the bus. Bryz did.

“I have zero confidence in myself right now,” he said. “If you probably throw a ball instead of the puck, I’m not gonna stop it.”

The Flyers’ $51 million goalie has four straight losses. He’s given up 18 goals over that span.

Bryzgalov is in a bad spot right now, as are the rest of the Flyers given their last couple of losses, and it’s noble of Bryz to take the heat for all of it, but the Flyers have to get their defensive coverage figured out fast to stop having games like this. With Chris Pronger out for at least a couple weeks, it’s not going to get any easier, but Philly has to get something done to prevent things from getting worse.

Here’s video from of Bryz’s full rant.

  1. rca26 - Oct 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Ilya, why you heff to be bad???

    • balewsquare - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      HAHAHAHA!! Yes you beat me to it!! :)

  2. dipthatchip - Oct 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    at least its not another Luongo article

  3. wez99 - Oct 28, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    As a sabres fan, I could not tell you how happy I was to hear this signing, I wanted to face bryz, he played in the west coast where red wings, Canucks and Blackhawks tend to be the dominant teams in the conference, now he comes to the beast conference expecting greatness?? Have fun Philly!!! Haha

    • davebrownsbody - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      “he played in the west coast where red wings, Canucks and Blackhawks tend to be the dominant teams in the conference, now he comes to the beast conference expecting greatness??”

      You are aware the West has been much stronger than East for the past decade, right?

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:44 PM

        You gotta give a Sabres fan some leeway. I mean, it can’t be fun to be a professional sports fan in Buffalo. Hell, it can’t be fun to be in Buffalo, period.

  4. obamablowz - Oct 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Yaaaaawwwwwwnnnn! Someone wake me when the playoffs start when it matters.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      I’ve always been intrigued by the motives of someone who takes the time to comment on a subject that supposedly bores him. I have my suspicions …

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Replace ‘actor’ with goalie and ‘Matthew McConaughey’ with Bryzgalo’

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 29, 2011 at 4:21 AM

      Yes, Bryzgalo’, not Bryzgalov

    • punkrulz24 - Oct 29, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      I don’t see how this applies. Bryz is taking the full brunt of everything bad going on with Philadelphia. He’s not blaming anyone but himself… and definitely isn’t being thick headed thinking he’s the greatest thing on Earth. He knows he sucks right now, and he told everyone about it!

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