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Ilya Bryzgalov might just find his game after all

Mar 8, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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As fun as all the talk of Huskies and the universe has been, Ilya Bryzgalov has been a big disappointment for the Philadelphia Flyers this season. In fact, if you erased the team’s memory of who was making what, it’s likely that Sergei Bobrovsky would be getting at least an equal share of the starts.

Still, there’s one interesting possibility that might just redeem Bryzgalov: getting his game together as the playoffs approach.

The Russian netminder is showing some signs of doing just that, too. Breezy played well enough tonight in a 5-0 win against the Florida Panthers that brutal-on-goalies Flyers fans actually gave him an ovation during the three star announcements (according to Sam Carchidi).

Bryzgalov now has two shutouts in his last three games and is currently on a four-game winning streak. He was also quite strong in his most recent loss, too, as he allowed just one goal in a defeat to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 28. Breezy’s an impressive 7-2-0 with a non-decision in his last 10 games.

That run doesn’t change everything – just look at his overall stats – yet if last year’s playoffs proved anything about the Flyers franchise and their market, it’s that opinions can change on a dime as a result of postseason successes or failures.

For the first time this season, it’s starting to look like that could just be a good thing for Bryzgalov.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Breezy! It be so easy! Well done Bryz. Finding peace in his soul: one game at a time.

    • danphipps01 - Mar 9, 2012 at 4:23 AM

      I don’t even think this is gonna last and I’m still thumbs-upping this for how awesome that line is. That belongs on a Flyers t-shirt. =D

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        Haha hopefully whoever makes those types of T-shirts is creeping on PHT. And yea, idk how long this is going to last but it is happening at the most important part of the regular season: the final stretch. Let’s hope that he, along with the rest of the team, plays solid night in and night out. We all remember 2010…

  2. bleed4philly - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Lavy is showing him some confidence instead of putting him on a short leash, that’s making the difference.

  3. chaseutley - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    It’s tough selling this to my fellow Flyers fans, but maybe….. just maybe….. the last 20 games of the season and the playoffs are more important than the first 60.

    I realize that it’d be crazy for a player to take some time to figure things out as opposed to being infallible 24/7, but how cool would it be if players could learn, grow and improve? How cool would that be?

  4. hartsy19 - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Boys I think we’re on to something here! Bryz has looked like a $51 mill goalie the past 5 games. If we keeps it up and we get healthy, watch out Eastern Conference!

    • hartsy19 - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      If he*

  5. areyesrn - Mar 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    about frickin time

  6. lsxphotog - Mar 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I’m very happy to see him playing well. Now the Philly fans can complain about something else.

    • whlskey - Mar 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      As a Philly fan, I’d like to complain about how infuriating it is when one goes through the McDonald’s Drive-thru, only to get home and realize they forgot to put a straw in the bag. Not only is the McDonald’s straw the best straw of all the straws, but now how am I supposed to drink my delicious Coca-Cola fountain soda with no way to get through that damn lid.

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