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Ilya Bryzgalov’s return isn’t exactly off to a great start

Apr 3, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff goaltending outlook seems like it’s on an unending seesaw this season. First, it seemed like Ilya Bryzgalov would be a huge free agent bust. Things started to turn around and then his work skyrocketed in March, earning him the first star of the month. Just as life was looking good, Breezy got an injury that sure didn’t sound like something you’d come back from in little time.

Maybe he shouldn’t have.

Always-sunny Philly fans serenaded Bryzgalov & Co. as they left the ice after a tough first period as the New York Rangers opened up a 4-0 lead. Bryzgalov allowed a Ryan McDonagh goal at the 6:25 mark of the first period, Brian Boyle‘s 10th of the season about five minutes later and then two power-play goals 36 seconds apart late in the first.

Peter Laviolette faces an interesting decision in the first intermission. He could either sit Bryzgalov and give him the chance to gather his bearings in one of Philly’s other final games or insert a little stubbornness into the scenario by trying to let him fight through it.

What would you do with the notably … different goalie if you were him? It’s also hard to avoid asking one other question: will Philly face another netminder conundrum in the playoffs?

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Not watching this game but chances are if a team’s down 4-0 in the first that’s not all on the goalie.

    • spiffy53 - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      nope. the scary thing is this has been the 10th time this season that the flyers defense has no idea what to do with the guy behind the net. either they are all watching the puck or there is a defense overload with both on one side. the other night timonen actually left the post to chase a guy behind the net. an absolute rookie mistake.

  2. phillyphever - Apr 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I blame the team in front of Bryz more than Bryz himself. They can’t play defense against the Rangers to save their lives. Bob would have gotten the effort tonight in front of him and gotten beaten badly himself.

  3. GenoPringles - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    “tough russian”

    • phillyphever - Apr 3, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Tougher than Malkin.

  4. danphipps01 - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Something something first-round sweep something something Sidney Crosby’s haunting laughter something something…

    But on a serious note, Bryz isn’t the problem. It’s basically everyone ELSE in a Flyers jersey embarrassing themselves out there tonight. He’s actually been alright, all things considered.

  5. ron56h - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    To me the Flyers starting line-up told me they had no interest in gaining home ice advantage over Pittsburgh. They played Jody Shelby who hadn’t played since March 18th. And they were still playing him after being down 4-0. You win games by outscoring them, not by bullying. Did they really think they were going to intimidate the Rangers. They are still developing a game plan like it’s 1974. That’s why they haven’t won in almost 40 years!

    • spiffy53 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      they played him because they are down another forward (briere). they are pretty much out of players at this point. he also helps with some of the size issue discrepancies between the two clubs. and to be honest, it really does not matter “who starts”. this is not baseball or basketball. that “start” lasts 45 seconds. that’s it.

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