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Despite numbers, Bryzgalov still the man in Philly

Jan 16, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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In 30 games between the pipes for the Flyers, Ilya Bryzgalov has a 3.07 goals-against average with a .891 save percentage. Among regular starters in the NHL, his numbers are right down there with the worst.

But don’t talk to Peter Laviolette about numbers – Philly’s coach cares not for statistics.

“I hate numbers, you know that,” Laviolette told reporters today when asked if Bryzgalov was still his number one goalie. “That’s a silly question. I don’t use numbers.”

Laviolette added: “Bryz was brought here to be a horse and has received the majority of games. I don’t see that changing.”

Not that it matters to the coach, but Sergei Bobrovsky’s numbers (2.42 GAA, .921 SV%) are considerable better than Bryzgalov’s.

  1. stengy - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    The flyers are near the top of the standings. They should play Bryz every game until he gets comfortable.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      The Flyers have been forced to rack up high scores in most games just to eke out a win because the idiot behind them keeps letting goals in. When you’re winning 4-3, 5-4, 6-5 and you’re doing it fairly often, you’ve got problems. On top of that, they’ve been slipping a bit lately – still in great shape, and injuries definitely play into that, but even so. And then there’s the looming shadow of the playoffs, where at some point they’ll be faced with either the Rangers or the Bruins and have to take all their firepower head-on while trying to dish it back against either Henrik Lundqvist or Tim Thomas. The prospects of beating either team with Bryz in net are simply too low. With Bob in net, it’s a battle that could go either way, but with Bryz, the Flyers can’t edge out the other top contenders – they’ve got the firepower to do it, but the other major candidates all have much better goaltending. You can’t win a Stanley Cup on shit goaltending unless you’re playing in the 1980s.

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