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Ilya Bryzgalov is the NHL’s Player of the Month for March

Apr 2, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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Completing one of the most remarkable single-season turnarounds in recent memory, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the NHL’s first star for the month of March.

To give you an idea of just how remarkable his turnaround has been…

Bryzgalov in December: 6-3-1, 3.20 GAA, .878 save percentage, zero shutouts.

Bryzgalov in March: 10-2-1, 1.43 GAA, .947 save percentage, four shutouts.

March also saw Bryzgalov set a franchise record 249:43 shutout streak, helping the Flyers move to within one point of Pittsburgh for fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Second star of the month went to Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. He notched 23 points in 15 games (11G-12A), recording points in 12 of 15 games while putting up seven multi-point efforts. This is Malkin’s eighth “star” award this season — he received five stars of the week (two firsts, two thirds and a second) and was named first star in December and second in January.

So yeah, just give him the Hart Trophy already.

March’s third star went to Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. He compiled a 10-3-2 record with a 2.17 GAA and .930 save percentage (with two shutouts) as the Sabres rallied to pull within two points of eighth in the Eastern Conference. Miller’s biggest accomplishment was going 10 straight games without suffering a regulation defeat, a big reason why Buffalo climbed from the Eastern basement to battle for a playoff spot.

  1. GenoPringles - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Malkin should be 1st again. Bryz got played too much and ended up on the shelf. I know it’s not his fault that his coach is an idiot, but still shouldn’t win being hurt. SCA–Sid 3:15

    • mercyflush - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      do you ever type anything that isn’t simply idiotic?

      Bryz got hurt in warmups.

  2. cleverbob - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    He’s tough. And Russian. And Good.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 2, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Finding peace in his soul. One game at a time. Well done. Btw, seems like Vitale did his job well. Danny B is out indefinitely with a back contusion.

  4. danphipps01 - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I still want to see those “Finding peace in his soul: one game at a time.” banners show up in the stands.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      I don’t have any connections. Or money haha.

  5. datguy83 - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    More Eastern Conference bias, what about Elliot of the Blues?

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