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Flyers blow two-goal lead, lose to Sens

Jan 8, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

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Chalk up another ugly defensive outing by the Flyers and their high-priced goalie, Ilya Bryzgalov.

Sunday evening in Ottawa, Philadelphia surrendered four straight third-period goals to lose, 6-4, to the Senators.

Bryzgalov stopped 32 of the 37 shots he faced, with Ottawa’s sixth goal scored into an empty net. The 31-year-old was coming off a solid outing in yesterday’s 3-2 OT victory over the Senators in Philadelphia, but that effort will quickly be forgotten.

Ottawa’s winning goal came with just 1:11 remaining on a long point shot by defenseman Filip Kuba.

The loss isn’t all on Bryzgalov, but we all know he’ll get the most attention. Be interesting to see how he handles it. Maybe if he makes a bunch of jokes everyone will think it’s cute.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    ‘The loss isn’t all on Bryzgalov, but we all know he’ll get the most attention.’ No thanks to guys like you. The media fails to acknowledge that the defensive scheme of the Flyers is faulty. Do you think Thomas, Lundqvist, Elliot and Quick (all leaders in GAA) would have the same success playing for the Flyers? You media heads know the answer but like to blame it just on Bryz. This is both national and, surprisingly, local.

  2. jkay1818 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    so you’re saying even banged up, the rangers have better goaltending and defence than the flyers?

    • barkar942 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      What the Rangers have is a stronger all-around defensive strategy that all of the players are buying into. Sam Rosen and Joe Micheletti said it best the other night about the game winning goal by Gaborik against Florida in OT- “Watch Campbell on the replay- he turns sideways to try to block the shot. If that were one of the Rangers, they would be on the ice full bodied in front of it to try to block the shot” (paraphrased, but the basic idea).
      I told my son who played lacrosse goalie, that if Marty Brodeur had played for the Rangers instead of the Devils all of these years, he would have nowhere near the numbers he has now, because the Rangers were horrendous defensively for years, and the Devils were very strong and kept 75% of the shots on Marty to the outside or low percentage shots. As you see now, Marty no longer has the support staff in front of him, and he has his high goals allowed nights, just like Bryz.
      Now, the Rangers are playing a very strong defensive system in front of Lundqvist and Biron, and look at both goaltenders numbers. So yes, even banged up, the Rangers have better defense and by far the best goaltender in the NHL, or possibly even the world today with Lundqvist!

      • anthonykornheiser - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        so the fact that Marty is 56 years old doesnt come into play? granted he doesnt have the likes of driver, daneyko, stevens , niedermayer etc.
        I see some of your point, but both marty and hank would be incredible on pretty much any team.

      • barkar942 - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        anthonykornheiser- Yes, Marty is older now, but he isn’t giving up a lot of soft goals- he is being peppered with many more higher percentage scoring chances because of the lack of defense of years gone by in front of him. Hank is now getting much more protection in front of him like the Devils defense of old. It was obvious for years how good Lundqvist was early on in his career on crappy Ranger teams, but now his job is so much easier with solid defensive play in front of him.
        Hank and Marty, Tim Thomas, Rinne, Miller, Luongo, Bryz- They are all massively talented- but just remember, sports fans are fickle.

        In the case of Bryz- it is the old adage of “What have you done for me lately!”
        (or Luongo, or Miller, etc.)

  3. busieks - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Actually I think he said it wasn’t his fault… The “people” who “give the blame to bryz” are not the media guys, but the uneducated hockey drones who pile into arenas and decide not to learn about the game, who is alot of people surprisingly. It’s easy for people to blame goalies, so they go. If a puck goes past them it’s their fault. There are the feelings of 45% of hockey fans who are uneducated, and refuse to learn about the game.

    I’m just really not sure how “it’s not bryz’s fault, but he will get the blame anyway” means “it’s all bryz’s fault!!!!”.

    • flyeredup2 - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      Bryz lets in too many soft goals, it is the goalies fault when easy shots get past them. I’m not sure Bob is the answer, but I think he is better then Bryz at this point.

    • BSpeedman - Jan 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      Semantics aside, it is Bryz’s fault, and both the national and local media, as well as the fans are right for pointing that out, over and over and over again. This guy came in with all the hype, took the huge contract, and all the perks that came with it. Now you’re saying it’s not all his fault? He made it clear he wanted to be paid like the best, and we was, but he sure as hell isn’t playing like it. If he didn’t want to deal with the pressure then he either (a) shouldn’t have signed his HUGE contract, or (b) he should have sought an after-thought team like about 70% of the league and signed there. He made the decision to sign with a team with notoriously tough fans (albeit pretty fair when all is said and done), who is contending for the Stanley Cup, and was looking for a goalie that is above average. He has not done what he was brought in, and paid, to do; so he deserves all that he gets.

      Though the defense may be subpar (and I don’t necessarily agree with that but that appears to be what everyone thinks so I’m going to with it) the offense certainly has not. He’s consistent giving up 4,5,6 goals a game. I don’t care who you have on your team, it’s hard to win games night in and night out when you need to score upwards of 5 goals in order to win. So the defense may not be where it needs to be, but that certainly isn’t an excuse for him continuously losing games.

      Finally, it must be extremely disappointing and demoralizing going into every game this guy starts with the thought that, yet again, the other team’s goalie is better. I’m not throwing in the towel on him yet, but I’m certainly not going to stand here and defend the scrutiny he’s received.

  4. challer9 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    actually i’m gonna go out on a limb and say lundqvist would be amazing on any team he was on. even the flyers.

  5. mojosmagic - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Anyway you cut it Bryzgolov hasn’t been close to the elite goalie the Flyers thought they were getting. To date his play has been sub par and he has a big mouth for a guy that hasn’t done squat. The fact we gave a clown a 9 year deal is down right scary.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    At least he looked damn good letting in those goals since he was wearing those sweet old-style pads.

  7. rexadelphia8 - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Bryz has to go, keep bob. Get better defensive players. Bryz givesnup 4-5 goals a game and I’m done buying into it. You suck ilia

    • robertterwilliger - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      yeah i mean, it’s not often you can give up an asset to get an “underperforming” guy with 8 years and 45 million left on his contract. you have to make that move!

      • cshearing - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

        Exactly. Bryz is your now, Philly. For better or worse.

  8. hank10 - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Defense has been poor, no doubt. Forwards have been lax, no doubt. Turnovers have been too many, no doubt. Bryz has let in a lot of soft goals, no doubt: 2 stoppable shots yesterday, the 3 shootout goals against the Avs just to name 5. There are times when the #1 goalie needs to make stops, and he has come up woefully short too many times. However, he has not come up short with excuses by blaming the rule on the narrower pads in contributing to the goal. From CSNphilly.com:

    ‘He said the rules changes that narrowed the goalie pads came into play here.

    “There was a three-on-one, and I just tried to be patient,” Bryzgalov said. “It’s funny. When I squeeze my pads, because it’s nature. Remember the complaint? About the pads and pucks not going through.

    “I show you this little space between the pants and pads and he hit it right over there and the puck went through.”’

  9. jonbeaston - Jan 9, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Those of you defending Bryz, have you watched any Flyers games? He lets in way too many soft goals, as people have said, and he gives up waaay too many rebounds. He can’t stifle a puck to save his life. A lot of goals that the Flyers give up are rebounds, b/c Bryz cant control them. I agree the Flyers D is lackluster, but that doesn’t mean Bryz can’t be blamed for his own mistakes.

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