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Ilya Bryzgalov is the NHL first star of the week

Mar 12, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

Tyler Bozak, Ilya Bryzgalov AP

Ilya Bryzgalov‘s massive turnaround this season is finally turning some heads and now the NHL is taking notice as well. Bryzgalov locked down the NHL’s first star of the week award after putting up monster numbers during a week that saw him go 3-0-0 with two shutouts.

Bryzgalov’s goals against for the week was a microscopic 0.65 while stopping shots at a .979 percentage. Putting up back-to-back shutouts against Florida and Toronto helped him lock down the weekly award, fighting off big weeks from the league’s second star Ilya Kovalchuk and third star Jaroslav Halak.

Kovalchuk had five goals and nine points on the week while Halak was equally huge in goal for the Blues going 3-0-0 as well with slightly worse numbers than Bryzgalov (1.00 GAA, .962 SV%).

For Bryzgalov, the award for the week is helping show off how great he’s been of late for the Flyers. He got the call in 11 straight games and has established himself as the absolute No. 1 guy in goal in Philly. After a tumultuous start to his first season in Philly, he’s settled down in a big way.

  1. bowens3181 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Bryz actually went 4-0 with a .985% SVP and a 0.49 GAA with three shutout in 4 games, but who’s counting.

  2. dsd3 - Mar 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Amazing job, Bryz. Well-deserved.

  3. govtminion2 - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Good old fair weather filthy fans. 20 minutes ago they wanted to flush this terd down the toilet, and now they love him. The Franchise would not stand for this, such bandwagon trash….soup can is coming

    • dsd3 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Actually I defended him through the whole season, but thanks for generalizing.

    • taytay099 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I recall the Penguins having the lowest average attendance in the NHL before Crosby was around. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

    • phillyboy20 - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Since when does letting a guy know when he’s playing really bad or playing well make you a fair weather fan? It’s not like we stopped showing up to games, we just wanted him to start making the tough saves that a guy getting paid that kind of money should be making.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      If there is one franchise that will stand for bandwagon fans, it is your Pengoons.

  4. rainyday56 - Mar 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Look at that save in the picture. Man is it great to see a goalie use his smarts and talents to stop a puck rather than fall into that “pontoons out, chicken wings up, I’m ready for you to score on me” stance taught by that “father of modern goaltending” Frankie Allaire.

  5. lsxphotog - Mar 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Like I’ve said, the talent was never gone, just the mental toughness to overcome the terrible boos, chants, and sour media from the city he was playing in. Hopefully he’ll keep it up and the Flyers will be back to being one of the most stacked teams in the league.

  6. jagrbomb18 - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Couldn’t have said it better myself Taytay

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