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Humongous hot: Ilya Bryzgalov earns third shutout in a row

Mar 13, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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Sure it’s been a bumpy ride, but Ilya Bryzgalov is starting to make the Philadelphia Flyers’ wild off-season of changes look crazy-brilliant – just like him. The Russian netminder is hotter than a Husky* right now, as he stopped all 17 New Jersey Devils shots for his third consecutive shutout.

(The Philadelphia Flyers won 3-0, pushing their season points total to 87.)

Bryzgalov stopped all 74 shots in the last three contests and 145 out of 147 in his five most recent appearances. His individual stats are still fairly pedestrian overall aside from his six shutouts (.908 save percentage, 2.53 GAA) but his record is pretty impressive at 28-13-6.

Those three games are the peak, but his hot streak extends beyond numbers that might have him flirting with goose egg history soon. Breezy’s won five games in a row, has four shutouts in his last five games and is generally making us all eat a lot of crow.

Sure, Philly fans won’t care if his tiger blood runs out in the playoffs, but it’s a scorching-hot run. Can he keep it up, though?

Enjoy the highlights of his latest shutout – as uneventful as it was at times – in the video below.

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* – Sorry.

  1. dsd3 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Unreal. Keep it up, Bryz!

  2. num1eaglesfanyo - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    that’s what im talkin about Bryz is on fire right now!

  3. sportsfreak13 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Congrats to bryz! In two of those shutouts he only faced 17 shots each game but still stopped them all. Should be interesting come playoff time.

    • dsd3 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Actually, no. The next lowest number of shots he faced in his past 4 shutouts was 28. Only tonight was 17 shots.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        true that. I thought Toronto only put up 17 but i was wrong.

  4. steelwarriors55 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    I have to admit that i havent been your most loyal fan Bryz but if you keep playin like that Ill be proud to admit that i was wrong

  5. illad3lph1a - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    He’s a beast, have faith my friends

  6. nycprbro - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    He’ll still blow in the playoffs – when it counts – just like he did in phoenix. Past 2 playoffs: 3-8, 3.9 GAA, .89 SV%.

    A real beast.

    • ml3939 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Yes, King Henrik is a real playoff stud too. The Rangers have been past the second round once since they last won the Cup. The Flyers have been past the second round six times since then. They also walked all over the Rangers the one time the Rangers managed to get past the second round in 1997. I would say the Rangers blow when it counts but there isn’t enough data to support this claim. I wonder why. Take your five wins so far against the Flyers in the regular season because they mean nothing come April. I would say May and June too but you wouldn’t understand.

      • laurely515 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        You know what else doesn’t mean anything in April? How Eric Lindros played against Mark Messier.

        Bryz’s playoff stats? Yeah, those are kind of relevant; not necessarily predictive, but hard to ignore.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:13 PM


      • ml3939 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        Since the Flyers have been in existence they are clearly the better franchise. 1975 is so creative coming from the fan of team that went over 50 years between championships. The Flyers have been to 8 Cup finals and won 2 Cups since their inception. To put that in perspective, the Rangers have won 2 Cups since 1940 and been to the finals 5 times in that span. So the Flyers have made it to the finals three more times than the Rangers since 1940 yet the Rangers have had 28 additional seasons to get to at least 8 Cup finals. Be proud.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:17 AM

        I’m a pens fan we had 17 year hiadus thank you.

      • ml3939 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

        Don’t get me wrong, I respect the team the Penguins currently have and think they are a huge Cup threat with or without Crosby but historically beyond the 4 Cup appearances, the franchise has been pretty pathetic. They were a bad team that intentionally lost games so they could draft Lemeiux first overall and they were so bad in the early 2000’s they got the first overall pick to draft Fleury, the second overall pick to get Malkin and they were the worst team before the lockout, won the draft lottery and drafted Crosby first overall. The franchise has more losses than wins in it’s history. They have missed the playoffs more than twice as many times as the Flyers.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

        all true but we still have 3 cups to the flyers 2. In the grand scheme of things that’s all that matters.

      • ml3939 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:41 AM

        Sure I wish the Flyers had more Cups but the difference between 2 and 3 is not very much. If the Pens had 5 or 6 Cups I may be singing a different tune. I will take the team that averages making the conference finals every 2-3 years since they have been in existence to the team that averages missing the plays every 2-3 years since they have been in existence.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        I prefer a team who wins 75% of the time when in the finals as opposed to a team that wins 25% on the big stage,to each his own. I do bet the pens get 5 cups before the flyers get their third. Not hating I just like how our team is set up for the future as opposed to the flyers. 2 solid teams though and a great rivalry. Respect.

      • ml3939 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        I think both teams will see additional cups in the near future. I think this is one of the best rivalries in sports and possibly the best since Derrian Hatcher gave Crosby the business early in his career.

    • dsd3 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:52 PM

      And how about when Bryz had three consecutive shutouts in the playoffs for the Ducks? Yeah, he really sucked there.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:05 AM

        nhl îs what have you done for me lately not what did yo do 6 years ago.

      • jazzzzzmo - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

        Aw shucks. I bet Crybaby Crosby will be out with diaper rash before the series starts. And let’s face it. The Penqueers always fade in the playoffs unless their last first round draft pick stays healthy. They would be better off loosing all the rest of this years games so they could pick another #1 draft. At least they would be consistent that way.

  7. num1eaglesfanyo - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    yea that was phoenix this is philly where we go deep into the playoffs with bad goaltending….ill take my chances Bro

  8. lasallehockey3 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Lundqvist hasn’t exactly been lights out come playoff time, either. 15-20. 2.60 GAA .900%.

  9. kotteintheslot - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    I hate both teams, but I hope the standings stay the way they are. A hot Bryz vs Crosby coming back. And I mean Flyers vs Penguins. nough said. That would be a sick 1st round matchup.

  10. romosexualtendencies - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    2 things

    – “Sure, Philly fans won’t care if his tiger blood runs out in the playoffs” – obviously you don’t know Philly

    – It’s humAngous not humongous

    • mercyflush - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      you’re reading that wrong. He meant Philly fans wont care (about his recent play) if his tiger blood runs out in the playoffs, in other words the playoffs are what matters.

  11. hartsy19 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    My pants just moved

  12. pantherpro - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    All you East Coast yahoos suck. The Sharks will raise the cup this yea! Giants will punk the gag job Phillies,too!

    • hartsy19 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Oh for christs sake another jagaloon talking about football again. HEY, YOU! GTFO.

      • hartsy19 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

        Baseball* haha whoops

    • whlskey - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      A Sharks fan living in Boston, thanks but no thanks. I’ll take my hockey and baseball advice from elsewhere.. It’s either that or you forgot how to spell that big 4 letter word “year,” you see there’s an “r” in “year.” You’re Welcome.

      • jazzzzzmo - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        You should just go back to wacking it in front of your computer CAGAY.

    • jazzzzzmo - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Stick to your on-line porn moron.

    • jazzzzzmo - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Anybody that comes from a state the voted ARNOLD in as govenor must be really intelligent. The Sharks are perenial also rans, and the Giants are only big in their own minds.

  13. markcycy - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    i dont know what is hotter his streak or his wife

  14. sportsfreak13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    She is one attractive husky. The universe has been kind to him.

  15. jazzzzzmo - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Someone post a link to a pic of Breezeys wife.

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