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Philadelphia beats Montreal, secures playoff spot

Mar 24, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

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It might have been a foregone conclusion before, but now it’s a fact: the Philadelphia Flyers will participate in the 2012 playoffs. The Flyers picked up another two points on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Although he was the subject of criticism and the center of controversies earlier in the season, Ilya Bryzgalov has been a key component of the Flyers’ recent success. Bryzgalov hasn’t surrendered more than two goals in any of his last 11 starts. If he can carry his hot streak into the playoffs, then the Flyers will be a formable team going forward.

Philadelphia is unlikely to make up the five point gap between them and the Atlantic Division leading New York Rangers in the last seven games of the season. However, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the fourth seed are certainly within their reach. Pittsburgh suffered a rare setback on Saturday in a 8-4 loss to Ottawa, which allowed the Flyers to pull within two points of their division rival.

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are scheduled to play each other in two critical matches in the final two weeks of the season.

You can check out highlights of the Flyers’ victory below.

  1. bobhpine - Mar 24, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Ilya Bryzgalov is a mental midget. Let’s see him handle two months of playoff hockey. Humoungous beeg fail!

    • mercyflush - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:46 AM

      right because he’s never played well in the playoffs before…

    • panotchpulitzer - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:10 AM

      Idiot.

  2. bobhpine - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    12-13 lifetime playoff record… Humangous beeg

    • mercyflush - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Lundqvuist in the playoffs: 15-20, 2.60.

      Bryz in the playoffs: 12-13, 2.55.

      smart posts by bobhpine: 0.

      • dcal4282 - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        mercyflush’s response: PRICELESS!

      • vismund11 - Mar 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        Exactly^ and lets look at who Bryz was playing for before? the ‘yotes. Now he’s on a team with a bolstered defense and so much scoring power. HIs confidence is huge going into the playoffs. Well put, sir.

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