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PHT Morning Skate: Bryzgalov feels like a soccer goalie

Feb 9, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Philadelphia Flyers must miss simpler times when Ilya Bryzgalov compared women to exotic animals and pontificated about the universe. Now his confidence is in a place where he said that shootouts make him feel like a soccer net is behind him. Yikes. (

With this morning’s upcoming big (and totally mysterious) announcement in mind, the Toronto Maple Leafs would love to be involved in the next HBO 24/7 series. Enjoy a few interesting takes on which Buds would be the biggest stars if that happens. (The Toronto Star)

Is Ales Hemsky on the Nashville Predators’ trade radar? (On the Forecheck)

Sure, Rick Nash is frustrated, but Aaron Portzline believes that “nothing has changed” in the relationship between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their captain. (Aaron Portzline’s Twitter)

The Anaheim Ducks stayed hot with an overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes, but it wasn’t without some controversy. It’s hard to deny the sentiment that Corey Perry should have gotten a penalty creating the turnover that allowed him to score the game-winner:

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Rich Hammond examines whether or not the Los Angeles Kings are shopping much-ballyhooed backup Jonathan Bernier. Going further, Hammond wonders what the Kings could get if they decided to deal the hyped netminder. (LA Kings Insider)

Want to read another story about the Philadelphia Flyers bringing Luke and Brayden Schenn together? Of course you do. (Toronto Sun)

Joe Haggerty provides 15 thoughts on the Boston Bruins-Buffalo Sabres game. I bet I’ve than 15 thoughts in a full day. (

Harvey Fialkov reports that Jose Theodore is ready to return to action, but he’ll back up Scott Clemmensen on Thursday. Look, when your goalie’s coming off a game where he allowed four goals on 24 shots, you gotta ride the hot ha-wait a minute … (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Want evidence of the power of the Winter Classic? It will bring beer to the Big House! (Detroit Free Press)

Chris Phillips looks back on his career as game No. 1,000 approaches. (

  1. xxshookonexx - Feb 9, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    He’s overpaid for a soccer goalie. Wonder if Philly would sign Hope Solo to back him up

  2. gekkoguy82 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    I know it sucks for Flyers fans, having a goalie publicly say that stuff, but speaking as an adult rec-league player, i can definitely empathize with his feelings towards the shootout. They’re really difficult at all levels of the game, and sometimes it really does feel the way he describes it. Of course, he’s got practice time to get better and gets paid to play, but still..I can feel the pain.

  3. dougr42 - Feb 9, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Its not cute anymore. Someone needs to tell Bryz to just shutup and find his game. This Flyers fan is starting to get annoyed. Don’t make me pine for Boucher.

    • dsd3 - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      If you’re pining for Brian Boucher you clearly have a short memory. Since when were Bobrovsky or Boucher good at shootouts?

      And Bryz has let in a goal or less in 5 of his last 7 starts. Not sure why anyone’s complaining about his play at the moment. It’s not his fault his team can’t put a single point on the board in 65 minutes of hockey.

  4. t16rich - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Bryz is nothing like a soccer goalie. Soccer goalies let in about 0 to 2 goals a game. Bryz is any where from 4 to 9 goals agains a game. Atleast he’s funny.

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