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Bryzgalov earns third shutout in four games

Mar 10, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov’s first season with Philadelphia has certainly had its ups and downs, but his current hot streak is mountains above anything he did in his previous five months with the Flyers. Bryzgalov earned his third shutout in just four games to lead Philadelphia to a 1-0 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jonas Gustavsson held his own in the goaltender battle through the first 60 minutes of play and the overtime period. However, he was finally beaten by a stunning shootout goal by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux.

This is just the latest setback for Toronto in what seems to be a lost season. Toronto has won just two games since Feb. 7 and their recent coaching change has done nothing to stop the bleeding. At this point, it’s entirely possible that Toronto will finish with fewer points than its 2010-11 counterpart. For the Philadelphia Flyers, this is another big win as they attempt to gain ground on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the battle for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers will play in New Jersey on Sunday in the first half of their home-and-home series against the Devils. Philadelphia is also scheduled to play against the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins next week, before finally hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 18. How Philadelphia does over its next five games could play a big role in determining if they can still claim the fourth seed.

  1. uncledick - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Giroux needs some sanitizer because he has some dirty hands

  2. dsd3 - Mar 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Bryz has been outstanding lately, but also he’s played well since the All Star Break. He’s got a .932 save % and 1.88 GAA.

    Love watching him play this way. Keep it up, Bryz!

  3. paulsdamnblog - Mar 11, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    Great game by Bryz, ended with an absolutely nasty shootout move by G!

  4. mercyflush - Mar 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    That Giroux goal was ridiculous.

  5. odj810 - Mar 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    phili is starting to look a little bit scarier come playoff time. Also for all the crap bryz got he’s actualy having a pretty similar season with thomas. thomas started hot and now is playing crappy and bryz played crappy and now is getting hot.

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