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Jets don’t quite get revenge on Ilya Bryzgalov

Feb 21, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Andrew Ladd, Brian Little, Ilya Bryzgalov AP

In case you have foggy memories (or your memory is getting foggier on Fat Tuesday), Ilya Bryzgalov shuddered at the thought of Phoenix’s possible move to Winnipeg. Most infamously, the Russian netminder complained of the market’s lack of parks, which presumably would be a bummer for his hot chick-like dog.

With that in mind, this was the first real time for Winnipeg Jets fans to troll away. And yes, they serenaded him with plenty of “Illyyyyaaaaa” chants, but he (sort of) got the last laugh because the Flyers beat the Jets 5-4 in overtime.

That’s not to say that Bryzgalov was exactly lights out as he allowed those four goals on just 26 shots, but the W can heal a lot of wounds.

Looking forward

The bright side for the Jets is that the Toronto Maple Leafs were unable to fatten their lead for eight place in the East as the New Jersey Devils edged them in OT too by a score of 4-3. Winnipeg is off to a nice start with their eight-game homestand as they’re now 2-0-1. Here is a look a the rest of their home-heavy next 10 games:

Thursday: vs. Tampa Bay
Saturday: vs. St. Louis
Feb. 27: vs. Edmonton
March 1: vs. Florida
March 5: vs. Buffalo
March 8: at Vancouver
March 9: at Calgary
March 14: vs. Dallas
March 16: vs. Washington
March 18: vs. Carolina

There are some genuine challenges in that set (particularly that tough back-to-back duo on the road), but the Jets could make up some serious ground on the Leafs and the Southeast Division in that time.

Even with that win, the Flyers merely stood in place in the East’s playoff midsection. The Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Rangers 2-0 while the aforementioned Devils beat the Leafs so Philly remains in fifth.

Placement probably doesn’t matter a ton to Philadelphia since its road record (19-9-2) is actually better than what they’ve done at home (14-10-5).

In fact, Philly might just be better of taking the sixth spot – which would get that much more intriguing if the Jets ended up being the Flyers’ first round hosts.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    The Jets can do some damage with that 10 game road trip. Love the troll comment – Winnipeggers loooovvveee to bag on the top guy or the guy who thinks Siberian Huskies have “beautiful eyes, like woman”. Poor bastards dog is missing out on our city’s many dog parks where he could troll for hot chicks, I mean blue eyed huskies

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    How magnificently epic would it be for the Jets to make the playoffs and Toronto to have their collective faces plastered against the window pane as they look in from 9th place once again?

    • James O'Brien - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      It’s not outrageous to imagine that scenario.

  3. danphipps01 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Looks like the only major challenges in the next ten games are St. Louis and Vancouver. Don’t get me wrong, everyone’s close enough these days that any of these games could go either way, but let’s be realistic: Tampa, though streaking, is one of the bottom teams in the League. Edmonton’s all but a free win. They’re only slightly less comically inept than Columbus. Florida’s struggling mightily as the year wears on, Buffalo’s a wreck and Dallas, Calgary and Washington are all teams that the Jets can probably beat if they work hard enough at it. Dallas is missing their top player, Calgary’s missing how many centres now? And Washington’s just straight-up lazy these days. And then there’s Carolina. Slightly better than Edmonton.

    Yeah. This is a fantastic stretch. They could easily win the majority of these games if they put everything on the line and play at their best. This is the golden window of opportunity that any team with a bottom-four seed would kill for. They can overtake a lot of opponents here.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Feb 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      Problem is Jets are still a bit too inconsistent to make any calls against any so-called “easy” teams. Yes, their odds of winning are in their favor at home but none of these games are freebies at this point. However, I will say that Wheeler, Kane, Big Buff, and Little have been outstanding the last few games, and even Ladd seems to have gotten himself together. They’re playing really well and that more than anything bodes well for the next little while.

  4. flyerscup2010 - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    they might legitimately need to go trade for a goaltender. i dont think they can justify losing in the playoffs yet again because of goaltending. it doesnt matter how much bryzgalov makes – if he’s not going to be the guy (and at least this year, he’s not going to be the guy) then they need to do something. bobrovsky has actually been worse than bryz at times but he still has plenty of trade value because he is young and was so brilliant last year. they HAVE to make a move between now and the deadline, that’s what it’s coming down to.

    • danphipps01 - Feb 22, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      Problem is, Holmgren was not only stupid enough to give Bryzgalov an NTC, but an NMC as well – he can’t even bury his folly in the minors. Bryz’ cap hit is absolutely impossible to move anywhere unless he wants it moved and some other GM is even stupider than Holmgren. So, what’s the plan? Buy bargain-bin backups every couple of years for the next decade? Pray to God that another round of amnesty-free buyouts is included in the new CBA to save Homer from himself? Seriously, other than “Run Mr. Universe over with a semi,” you don’t really have a lot of options at this point.

    • dmacirish - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      I have to say Bryz didnt look horrible but didnt look wonderful last night. I am glad to see there is some help coming in front of him – easiest way to improve putting is hit it closer to the hole, easiest way to prevent team from scoring is prevent team from shooting. There was more “porch clearing” last night then there had been in a while and we need that.
      All that being said, there were some amazing saves last night – ones I was extremely impressed by and congratulated the goalie for making. Wasnt our goalie, but hey they were still good.

  5. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 22, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    flyers blow just like the red wings. these two minor league clubs need a reality check and filthi just got one last Saturday by the franchise

    • dmacirish - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      you are such a douche. reality check on saturday? really? didnt we beat “the franchise” in pittsburgh earlier this year?

    • spiffy53 - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      i thought mrskunitz was banned. this is a hockey site for people who know hockey and like to talk hockey. not a site for children who know very little about hockey. please ban this guy already.

  6. broadstbully33 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    if he keeps his comments about fans up he’ll have to worry about more than boos

  7. broadstbully33 - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    flyers have to score at least 3 goals a game just to overcome the 2 soft goals Bryz let’s in every game

  8. mrskunitzdrippinlips - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    flyers won’t wven make the playoffs

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