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Video: Ilya Bryzgalov’s “save of the playoffs” entry

Apr 13, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

Zombies are pretty played out, but it’s hard not to see a little bit of the plot devices in decaying flesh when you watch the Philadelphia Flyers right now. The Pittsburgh Penguins seemingly keep beating the Flyers down, yet like a reanimated corpse or a pesky horror movie villain, Philly keeps getting up. That spirit might be best embodied by Ilya Bryzgalov; his numbers are likely to end up hideous by the end of this series despite making breathtaking saves like these:

The Flyers just ended the second period with a 4-4 goal, so perhaps Bryzgalov is becoming the equivalent of a wacky-but-lovable closing pitcher. It seems like every outing is a heart attack waiting to happen, yet he occasionally wins a duel that reminds us why he received the big contract.

Of course, Peter Laviolette could easily start the third with Sergei Bobrovsky in net, so that bigger point might be a moot one. Either way, it’s a pretty amazing save.

From the look of things, he’ll need to make a few more for Philly to pull off another impressive comeback win.

  1. tcclark - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I almost took a humongous big $hit in my pants when that happened

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      penguin fans faces looked like they did to !

  2. beavertonsteve - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    That shot was not a bear in the woods

  3. vismund11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    This is the safe of the playoffs thus far. Hands down, no contest.

    • vismund11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      excuse me *save of the playoffs.

  4. HawaiiHockey - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    lol. Read just dumps Letang for absolutely no reason at the end.

    • bdawk20 - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:16 AM

      Ugh, Letang flopped like a European soccer player. Read should make it count next time!

  5. challer9 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    How can you be a hockey writer and actually think this was a possibility:

    “Of course, Peter Laviolette could easily start the third with Sergei Bobrovsky in net, so that bigger point might be a moot one. Either way, it’s a pretty amazing save.”

    Yeah, Laviolette would pull his goalie in a tie game. Happens all the time.

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