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Bryzgalov: More scared of bears in forest than Penguins from Pittsburgh

Apr 9, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

In October, Ilya Bryzgalov provided one of the season’s best soundbites when, in trying to explain his poor play, he said he was “lost in the woods.”

Now — just prior to the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs — Bryz is at it again with references to the outdoors. On Monday, one intrepid reporter asked the Flyers goalie for his take on Philly’s opening round opponent, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here’s how that went:

Reporter: What’s the biggest threat that the Penguins have?

Bryzgalov: You know, I’m not afraid of anything. I’m afraid of bears — bears in the forest.

And here’s the video:

While this quote isn’t a big deal — what was Bryz going to say, that he’s terrified of the Pens? — you have to wonder if some within the Flyers organization aren’t awkwardly pulling at their collars right now.

Bryzgalov’s best stretch of play this year coincided with him focusing on hockey and avoiding the Yakov Smirnoff routine (conversely, his worst stretch coincided with trying out monologue material with reporters.)

There’s also the notion that the bigger the stage, the more Bryzgalov is likely to put his foot in his mouth. We saw evidence of this at the 2012 Winter Classic, when he let the cat out of the bag that Sergei Bobrovsky would be getting the start in goal (an attempt to be funny that, reportedly, infuriated head coach Peter Laviolette.)

While it’s probably too soon for Philly to start thinking about re-instituting the gag order, one wonders if this might be the last Bryzgalov quip we get this postseason.

  1. govtminion - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    So he’s afraid of the Bruins then?

    • hockinj25 - Apr 9, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      There are no forests in Boston.

  2. philsosexy - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Lol I love Bryz. Flyers are winning the cup this year

  3. bobhpine - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    That’s even funnier than that dimwitted goalie

    • ml3939 - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      creative bob back again. Insightful as always. Just waiting for a 1975 reference. What a witty guy.

  4. phillyphever - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    I thought it was funny. And hey, he should be right. Pittsburgh doesn’t really scare me at all (expect when they decide to play dirty0.

  5. barkar942 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Not too often you will hear a Ranger fan say this, but for the next two weeks-

    (Bryz’s girlfriend dog probably likes Penguins for an appetizer before a main course of Bruin).

    • jpelle82 - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      scared of the pens too eh?

  6. proudliberal85392 - Apr 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Funny guy who’ll fold in the first round… again.

  7. bobhpine - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    It’s obviously on your mind big guy

  8. theiceman26 - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Ask a stupid question, you get a stupid answer. Good job bryz.

  9. GenoPringles - Apr 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Man, I thought Vick was the only danger to animals in filthy. Someone needs to look into this wierdo dog wanker…No wonder you can’t find a jar of penutbutter anywhere. Fear The Penguins and Fear The Soupcan

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      I’m getting sick of pens fans that talk so much trash….for god sake do have nothing better to do??? The only reason you guys are back on top is because you blew for so long and got two big draft pics. Besides the Redwings the Flyers have made the most consecutive playoff appearences (16 of 17), the Flyers are second only to Boston in 100 point seasons (they aren’t even an Original six!), they have second highest winning percentage in league history standing only behind Montreal….shall I continue the list gets bigger! 15-20 great to good seasons and three cups does not a storied franchise make. We played Edmonton twice in their heyday (remember them Gretzky, Messier, Coffey, Fuhr, Kurri. You know hall of famers) and lost to them In the finals, then we lost to the islanders (who won 4 straight cups starting with us….oh should I name all the hall gamers on that team?) and along the way we lost to Montreal in the finals which I’m ok with because they have 22 cups!!! Don’t talk trash unless you’re a real fan of the game not just damn homer…you’ve had some great players some best of all time good for you but you are not in any way or fashion in league with a franchise that year after year for over 40 years is in the hunt…when you can talk about the pens in the same breath as the original six then I would talk but until that shut up and learn….oh I have found a new respect for Jagr he’s a great guy on and off the ice you guys boo him because he didn’t want the pressure of playing there he just wants to play that’s it no A…no C…. I’m not a typical Philly fan I give credit when it’s due but when nimrods like you run your unintelligent mouths it pisses me off.

      • ml3939 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        genopringles has nothing relevant to add to any discussion, just silly little nicknames for his man crushes. He has admitted soupcan is a reference to what is in Crosby’s pants. Enough said. He should probably go to bed as his dad is gonna be pissed to find him messing around on the computer again looking at naked pictures of Syd.

        And just to add to your diatribe, they drafted in the top 2 four years in a row which accounts for their recent success. When they drafted Lemeiux, they intentionally lost games so they could pick him. There was no draft lottery then. Otherwise they would probably have went bankrupt and been a 2 sport city. There was no draft lottery then. Before another uneducated Pens fan chimes in, the coach from that team has admitted as much.

        The Pens have missed the playoffs over twice as many times as the Flyers. The Flyers have averaged a trip to the conference finals every 2-3 since they have been in existence which also is as often as the Pens make the playoffs. And finally, the Penguins never made it beyond the 2nd round in their first 23 years of existence.

        In summary, the Pens are a franchise on the whole that is not very successful and lacks integrity.

      • truehockeyfan - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        Thanks for adding to my rant ml3939 I love fans who know their facts….

      • benzoids - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM

        “.for god sake do have nothing better to do???”

        We keep our posts short because we are busy. You clearly have time on your hands. You forgot to put a comma after “I’m not a typical Philly fan (should be a comma here), I give credit…..”

      • phil5111 - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

        Guess what boys, nobody cares about 100 point seasons and playoff appearances or first round draft choices for that matter. The Cups are what matters of which we have 3 since you last won. We will beat you in this playoff series too, just like the last time we did on the way to the CUP!! And the funny thing is……. you know it.

      • Tyler - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

        Please tell me you’ll be back in the fall. I’d love to hear all about how the Eagles played against some of the best teams in history with Hall of Famer A and Hall of Famer B, had x number of winning seasons, featured such great players as ___ and ___ and went on to win the Super Bow– oh.. wait.

  10. crosberries - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Red rocket red rocket red rocket

  11. ikillchicken - Apr 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    Have we considered the possibility that Bryzgalov may in fact be Steven Colbert in disguise? Cause…that would explain a lot.

  12. num1eaglesfanyo - Apr 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    GenoPringles your gay! Nobody fears your gay nickname team get over guys dongs will ya?

    • danphipps01 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM

      Funny. From where I’m sitting, the one who can’t shut up about the cock is our resident Eagles fan.

  13. sizzle299 - Apr 9, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Bryz = awesome.

  14. phillyphan83 - Apr 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Well said truehockeyfan, however its all in vain as the truths you speak of will fall on deaf ears and d-bag geno will find some b.s. way to try to refute what you’ve said. he will try to make you believe that the pens are soooo much better because they’ve won 3 cups to our 2, not understanding the simple concept of math. Fret not my friend, the rest of us with even the slightest bit of intelligence will recognize your points and take them for what they are: the truth, and geno for what he is: a brainless, homer, d-bag whose stuck on crosbys and malkins nutz!

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 9, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      Appreciate that phillyphan83 you obviously you know the truths of which I speak!

  15. bobhpine - Apr 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Flyers fans love the word “appearances” more than any other word. Playoff appearances finals appearances….but what always comes after the appearance is a loss…. Sad

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      I’d rather an apperance than a no show…’s not like the Eagles ok the Flyers are considered one of the greatest NHL franchises in NHL history. Not to mention you obviously didn’t read that we played teams that even your Mario led teams wouldn’t have beaten either. That is if you know your history but you’re probably a homer and believe you could beat that Oilers team or Islanders. Oh….and how long was it before your first winning season after the 67expansion…I’ll give you a hint it was double digits we were winning cups. We can say that’s never happened to us the longest playoff drought a whopping 4 years….sorry again I’m not a typical Philly fan…moron!

  16. lemieux00066 - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    Who are the Broad Street Bullies? Talk about dishing it out and not being able to take it….keep talking about winning in the regular season.

  17. lemieux00066 - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Speaking of droughts, how long since the Flyers have won? Yeah, they’ve done well in the regular season…so what. And would the Lemieux lead teams have beaten the Islanders and Oilers?? You don’t know anymore than anyone else. All u know is the Flyers didn’t and couldn’t when given a chance.

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:23 AM

      My point in all this is that you can say you’ve won one more titles and the time between titles and such….but for the last 40+years we are in the mix we don’t have a ten year drought get a ton of picks do well for while then tank again it about consistantcey very year we put a team on the ice that can compete….I’d rather that than win for a while lose for a while. We’ve been in the final 4 sixteen times and NO you wouldn’t have beaten those teams your talking about two of the greatest teams ever assembled Christ the oilers had four 100 point scoers when we played them in 87 and we took them 7 games you’re obviously either not old enough to remember or not a true fan or you’d know. I’m not whining I’m stating fact we have an owner that’s a hall of fmer ( for owning not playing) if not for Mario the pens wouldn’t even be in pittsburgh. That’s never been even been discussed in Philly. So we haven’t won a cup in a while so what at least every year for 40 years we had a chance ….hoow about the Pens or are you not old enough to remember? Like I said do your homework had we not run into teams like the Oilers, Islanders, Canadiens and even that Detroit team was a buzz saw….we should have beaten Chicago but are goaltending sucked but I can admit it. We may have won a couple more but some of those teams were dynasties you can’t argue that unless your not fan of the game which I believe is true. I don’t make it a habit of getting on here and talking trash but enough is enough you one more cup than us…that and a dollar will still only get you a cup of coffee.

      • steelcityfranchise - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        First of all, your rant is ridiculous. Second, I am trying to follow your logic here and it seems you are blaming these other teams for having good players and that’s why the Flyers couldn’t beat them. I guess if that is the case then any team that has a better group of players wins everytime? I’m pretty sure that’s not always what happens when it comes to sports. Third, it is not a valid argument to say that the Pens “wouldn’t have beaten those teams” because we just don’t know. Fourth, stop blaming the Pens for their good fortune with draft picks…last time I checked, having a #1 pick doesn’t guarantee success. Fifth, NO ONE cares about playoff appearance and blah blah (enter meaningless stat here) other than the fans in the cities of those teams. We don’t settle for less than championships in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately for Flyers fans, you do.

        On a final note, BEWARE THE SOUPCAN – consider yourself warned. SCA

  18. toegoat - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    wow, u ppl r nuts. arguing about the 80’s as if it matters…. Newsflash ppl its 2012 and we are about to witness a great series!

  19. ottograham - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    No team in this era is capable of beating the Islanders of the 80’s. I was born in 89 and theyre highlights are beyond anything I have ever witnessed on the ice (as a collective team).

    It seems Flyers fans just arent aware of the lack of ownership the Pens had throughout the early 2000’s. Until Mario owned this squad we barely had a chance of having a hockey team. We also hadnt been successful since he retired (for the 2nd time). Now we understand we dont have the history your team does, but why are we not entitled to beginning our tradition? It started in early 90s with the first two wins, and now we have stable ownership. There is integrity in our ownership and management currently. There is no denying that now I feel like, but you continue to use the chase for Mario as a crutch. I mean it was the 80s guys. whats done is done. Feel like there are much realer things in life to be up in arms over.

    In all this should be an awesome series. Whoever wins the cup this year will have truly deserved it. Its tough matchups across the board.

  20. ottograham - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    their highlights*

  21. phillyphan83 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    ottograham, you’re not the type of fand he’s talking about, its idiots like genopringles who spew homer garbage that makes no sense and is obvilious to the facts. no fan of any team in any sport doesn’t take into consideration the history of their franchise because your history is what defines you and makes you proud to be a fan of your team. So those messages are for biased, uninformed homers like geno who throw that pride back in our faces as if HIS teams history is a valid arguement point but ours is not. I love it how biased fans want to put a limit on what part of history you can use in defending your team. Its OK for pens fans to use the last 2 decades to defend their team but were losers for using the last 4.

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