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Islanders end Bryzgalov’s streak, but Flyers hold on 3-2

Mar 15, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

Michael Grabner ended any thought of Ilya Bryzgalov setting a new modern NHL record by scoring a 3-1 goal, capping Breezy’s franchise-record streak at 249 minutes and 43 seconds.

After playing the fun-killers, the New York Islanders nearly rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a point or two away from the Philadelphia Flyers. Grabner’s goal came 13:30 into the third period and John Tavares made it 3-2 just 35 seconds after that, but the Flyers managed to hold on to give them seven wins in their last eight games.

Chasing Pens and Rangers?

The Flyers find themselves in fifth place in the East and third in the Atlantic thanks to great play by the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. Pittsburgh just wrapped up a 5-2 win against the Blueshirts in Sidney Crosby‘s return, making the Atlantic race look like this:

(1) Rangers: 95 points with 12 games left, 41 regulation/OT wins
(4) Penguins: 91 points with 13 games left, 34 regulation/OT wins
(5) Flyers: 89 points with 12 games left, 38 regulation/OT wins

It seems unlikely that Philly can make up that difference, but it’s far from impossible. They have three games remaining against the Penguins and one left versus the Rangers, so there’s the chance to make up ground if they stay hot – especially if New York stumbles down the gate.

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Either way, Bryzgalov and the Flyers are red-hot right now. In fact, you could argue that avoiding Philly in the first round is almost as appealing as winning the division for the Rangers and Penguins.

  1. me6661973 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Brzy turning out to be a beast. F crybaby jagr and thess guy are news. Pens beat a broken rangers. I hope hartnelle puts crybaby to retirement. Hope rangers goalie gets better that guys a beast fluery good but get off crosby nuts he done nothing but fallen on his ass.

    • ml3939 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:28 AM

      Literacy has been set back 1400 years. I feel like the principal at the end of Billy Madison, we are all dumber for reading this.

  2. bjg5091 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    As a Flyers fan, I apologize for the horrible English of the guy above me. I for one am amped for Sunday’s game. Gonna be amazing.

  3. num1eaglesfanyo - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Great sentences bro maybe you should learn to speak english gooder and not talk like caveman oh btw LET’S GO FLYERS! Bryz for prez!

  4. drunkbro - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    i had tickets to the last flyers game at home, the game before he left for the second time this season. i was bummed. crush the pens

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