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Bryzgalov mum on foot injury after allowing four goals on 11 shots

Apr 4, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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Can’t blame the usually loquacious Ilya Bryzgalov for being quiet on Wednesday.

The Flyers lost to the Rangers for the sixth and final time, marking New York’s first season sweep of Philadelphia in 40 years. Bryzgalov was front and center for the loss, allowing four goals on the first 11 shots in his return game after missing two with a chip fracture in his foot.

The foot injury one thing Bryz declined to discuss postgame, according to CSN Philadelphia’s Tim Panaccio.

Asked how he felt …
 
“I can’t tell you anything about me,” he replied, then added to ask him about his foot on Wednesday.

Does the foot bother you?

“We are close to the playoffs, I don’t want to talk about this.”

To be fair, Bryzgalov was hung out to dry on a number of occasions. The Rangers scored twice on the power play and Philadelphia’s defensive-zone coverage left much to be desired (like in this instance):

“It is a little bit tough,” Bryzgalov said. “They had some power plays and some five on threes. It seems like in the first period there was a shot and a rebound and maybe we kind of waited a little bit.

“Maybe it was a little bit fresher. It is tough to say, but they scored goals because of it.”

It’ll be interesting to see if Bryzgalov can regain his form in time for the playoffs. On Monday, he was named the NHL’s player of the month for March after posting a 10-2-1 record with a 1.43 GAA and .947 save percentage.

  1. barkar942 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Bryz didn’t have much help in the first period. Two rebound goals for the Rangers. Callahan pushed Coburn down then picked up an easy rebound.

  2. GenoPringles - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Is Filthy gonna blame this one on so called cheap shots by Crosby and Malkin

    • ml3939 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Sound the idiot alarm. Pittsburgh’s brightest has spoken.

  3. phillyphever - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Lavy should have let Bryz give the team hell after that first period. Honestly, he had no help at all.

  4. danphipps01 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Welcome to the reason Philly’s not a real Cup contender this year. With some defensive changes in the offseason, they very much could be, but they’re just not capable of defending themselves on the scoreboard. They’re almost the new Capitals. If Bryz is on an insane hot streak they’re terrifying, but as soon as he stumbles they implode. It’s funny – a couple months ago everyone blamed him for being the major reason they were so inconsistent, but he’s not. It’s the defense. He’s kind of hit and miss, but the D in front of him? They’re pretty much miss and miss. They give him NO room for error.

    Ilya Bryzgalov is basically Jonathan Quick East.

  5. lilgurgi - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    The fact that they are missing Pronger, Meszarjos, and Grossmann couldn’t possibly have contributed to the defense struggling? They’ve been scrambling and using rookie d-men ever since Pronger went out. As soon as they make some trades (Kubina, Grossmann), they then lose 2 more solid d-men. It’s not that they lack defense, they just lack healthy defenseman.

    • phillyphever - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      IDK, Kubina’s been kind of a bust here since the trade. Either that or he’s been hanging around Matt Carle too much. Either way, both of them are gone next year.

      • ml3939 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

        Thank you so much. Matt Carle seems like a good guy off the ice but as a player I hate him. I get so caught up in games sometimes looking for him to make mistakes and he never fails. He is terrible at clearing the puck, a sub par passer and when he shoots from the point, 90% of the time his shot is blocked or wide of the net. I can’t wait till he plays elsewhere next year. Pronger and Mez have carried him in the past and it was so obvious in the second half last year when Pronger was out. He blows. Good riddance.

  6. matthewmacisaac - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Kubina played pretty well in most games (he has had a couple of off games) but Carle has sucked out loud since he got here (probably before that, too, since two teams have already given up on him). I hope Holmgren doesn’t even make an offer to him. If Meszaros can come back for the playoffs and Grossmann is healthy, the Flyers could scratch Carle and keep Bourdon and Gustafsson in the mix the defense will be solid. Bryzgalov will do fine.

    • phillyphever - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      Homer might have made a couple of stupid mistakes, but if he resigns Carle, that would be the biggest mistake as a GM. Let someone else overpay for him.

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