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Flyers pull Ilya Bryzgalov for being even worse than Marc-Andre Fleury

Apr 18, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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Earlier tonight, I wondered aloud how different last year’s Philadelphia Flyers playoff run might have been if Sergei Bobrovsky‘s struggles were handled with even half the patience that Ilya Bryzgalov has received in 2012. After allowing 17 goals in about 11 periods of hockey – including five through about 23 minutes tonight – Bryzgalov was pulled in favor of his lesser-paid Russian backup in the second period.

As you might expect, Bobrovsky isn’t going to change everything for Philly. In fact, he’s already allowed a puck to get by him, as Jordan Staal found the net on a power play to make it 6-3.

That being said, with the way this series has gone, he has a shot at winning the game if he’s perfect – or maybe just close to perfect – for the rest of the contest.

This brings up all kinds of interesting questions. If the Penguins end up winning but Bobrovsky keeps it respectable, should Bob be back in net for that theoretical Game 5? If the Flyers complete a dizzying fourth comeback, how much confidence can Philly really have in Bryzgalov going forward?

It’s a fascinating and developing situation to watch, so check it out on NBC Sports Network as we speak.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I missed the first half of this game and I won’t say I was shocked, but 9 goals in half a game is still pretty surprising. What the hell is going on with the goalies in this series?

  2. kellyb9 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    This is the most unwatchable hockey game ever. Way too many penalties… both ways. These refs are making up for being completely blind all in one game.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      This is not the refs fault in reality the Flyers came out like punks and deserve everything they are getting right now ! Its one thing knowing how to play from behind but its another thing on knowing how to CLOSE A TEAM OUT !

  3. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    The league may have suspended some Penguin players but they have been rewarded by being on the power play the whole game !

    • miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Waaaaaahhhh! Oh the hypocrisy on the PHT boards kills me.

  4. back2backbees - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Two fields goals to one…crazy defenses

    • back2backbees - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      3 field goals to one. I smell a touchdown coming…or is that something burning?

  5. pkswally024 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    And it just keeps getting worse..

  6. al25ny - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Ha ha ha ha

  7. crashtheboards55 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Oh please. Philly has lost all focus in this game. Don’t even start the whole refs against us crap. Flyers have been outta position all game so far and they have paid for it. The only penalty call against philly that was bad was the call on rinaldo. That was just plain awful. Just wonder how long it takes choirboy hartnell to take a cheap shot.

  8. mianfr - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Yeah, I don’t think there’s going to be too much controversy after all.

  9. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    The Flyers mojo of getting down a couple of goals and then calling a magical timeout is over !

  10. orangegesus - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    I can’t even get mad. All I can do is laugh at this mess. Another year, another question in net. $52 million well-spent.

    • aglumac - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM

      Its sad that the moves the gm made to free cap space specifically for Bryz turned out much better return than the goalie,as a Pens fan I hope he keeps staring into space, he is the Gary Busey of the NHL

  11. philly4lyfe - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    If we can hold them under 15 for the game I’ll be happy at this point.

    • pacoj68 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

      why arent you talking garbage now huh? you were on every other story concerning the Pens-Flyers series. sucker ass keyboard warrior!

      • emoser - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        says the keyboard warrior

    • pensswag91 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      If we don’t score 15 tonight, we’re sure to knock those extras in Friday night.

  12. al25ny - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Men toying with boys

    • dangle13x - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:59 PM

      losers toying with losers.

  13. miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Renaldo pulling an Asham and the crowd cheering and chanting we want blood, ah the Philadelphia I know.

  14. lp0320 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    That’s the Philadelphia we know and love. Nice cheap shot by Rinaldo. Philadelphia put themselves in the hole by taking all of those stupid penalties. And don’t go crying how one sided it is, Philly had a two man advantage in the 1st when the Pens took three penalties in a row. The officials warned both teams ahead of time that they were calling everything tight. Looks like Philadelphia is too stupid to listen. Not saying that the Pens can come back from three games down, but taking one game at a time and playing with more intelligence than the morons on the east side of the state should help.

  15. snutchpro - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    The perpetual goalie-go-round continues. Figured the refs would call this game tight, but this is just stupid. I just hope the flyers don’t reduce to goon tactics like Pittsburgh last game.

  16. darenpuppa31 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Goaltending? We don’t need no stinking goaltending!

  17. lp0320 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    snutchpro –

    TOO LATE – check out Rinaldo. Cheap shot. Again all that holier than thou talk from Philadelphia. What a joke.

    • kneary47 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      yep i guess one guy who is known to be the dumbass on the team is the same as three suspensions from one game and your superstar starting the whole mess and letting his team stick up for him.

      Let me know when you see Giroux or any of the other good players on the team running around trying to take someone’s head off

      • grandpoopah - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM

        Rinaldo is a piece of crap. That was just a dirty play and a stupid play. And I’m a Flyers fan.

      • kneary47 - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        I agree he is a dumbass and it was dirty. just more on the line of the Penguins fan’s coming out and talking about how the Flyers played dirty last night. One guy being stupid doesn’t equate to the way the Pens played game 3

  18. pensswag91 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Philly’s true colors are shining; just a team that can’t beat Pittsburgh.

  19. hky15 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Forget about bears in woods, can they stop a beach ball?

  20. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    The NHL made bryzgalov play like a dog… A Siberian husky dog…btw the flyers totally have Stanley cup level goaltending…wait hold on….my columnian prostitute wants a word

  21. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    If Crosby decides to score the pens might get two touchdowns

    • jaybertx - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      Crosby is no longer a scorer. He’s the muscle.

  22. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Some great Philly class going on

  23. lp0320 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Third period – Philadelphia down by six – sure enough all the goons will start throwing the cheap shots.

    • cleverbob - Apr 19, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      How’d that pan out?

  24. hines86for6 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    The NY Rangers, St Louis Blues, LA Kings, and Nashvile Predators are all cup contenders because of their goal tending.

    Seems that all the high flying teams don’t play D for crap.

  25. crashtheboards55 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Yep rinaldo right on cue. What a b!tch. True colors startimg to show. Just a matter of time before that knuckle dragger berube starts crying about something. Laviolette is looking for hextall to go chasing people now. Waiting for choirboy hartnell to do something stupid next. I hope the next hit i see is an asteroid on rinaldo’s skull.

    • dangle13x - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      Sounds like you don’t have enough going for you in your life.

      • crashtheboards55 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:37 PM

        You worried rinaldo won’t rest his nuts on your chin anymore? Sounds like if you aren’t sucking someone’s
        D!ck you are sure as hell thinking about it.

  26. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Yinz guys got leighton in the bullpen?

  27. pensswag91 - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    That bear in the woods is looking mighty friendly to Bryzgalov right now

  28. philly4lyfe - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Just a heads up, your still losing.

    • miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Momentum is a powerful thing.

      • miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        Also, $52 million well spent, huh?

      • dangle13x - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM

        Yea so is getting embarrassed the first 3 games. Pens are done. Sorry. Time for you to start talking trash on a Steelers story.

      • miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        Dangle13x, this may be a little embarrassing, but the Pens are going to win the game, which means there will be a game five. Therefor, no, the Pens are not done.

        Oh, and not really a Steelers fan either. Sorry.

  29. miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    I was waiting to hear the “You can’t beat us” chant but half way through the third period the “best fans in hockey” have already left the building. So much for the sweep.

    • dangle13x - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      Yeah I guess a 5 game whooping will make you cry less.

  30. napoleonblownapart6887 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Word of caution to all Pens fans: we’re still down 3-1. Can’t take anything for granted. We also didn’t look much better last game.

    Enjoy the win. Drink a few beers. Be glad we have hockey on Friday.

    • dangle13x - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      wow a rational Pens fan. Now I have seen it all.

  31. dangle13x - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    This game and series is a joke. I’d be embarrassed to be a fan of either team. So I guess that leaves me primed to get insulted by all you white trash Pennsylvania residents. Have fun.

  32. jagrbomb18 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    250 per ticket to watch your team down 9-3 you would stay…you’re an idiot mike toasty

    • miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      I would stay, because I am a fan. Plain and simple, done it before and I am sure I will do it again.

  33. jagrbomb18 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Why would anyone chant you can’t beat us down 9-3? You don’t even make sense…think about what you are saying before you type it…

    • miketoasty - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      It’s a joke, but being that you are a Flyers fan you probably won’t get it.

  34. myvickinabox14 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    It sucks that the games have to be called this game. But as a flyers fan, I have to give credit were credit is due. Pittsburg gave it to us tonight. See you on Friday.

  35. jagrbomb18 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    This was such a terrible playoff game to watch…I understand why the refs want to call it tight but these guys look like their all afraid of getting suspended…I’d rather no one get suspended of they just let these guys play ..geez

  36. dawglb - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    The secret is now out. It will be the top story for two more days. This is not good. Bryz is now thinking again. That has never been good to him…… Please, one win out of the next 3 games. Right now, the net looks as humongous as the universe, right now.

    • snutchpro - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM

      thank god thats over. wow, pens fans are getting pretty excited here. a drubbing for sure, but the series is still 3-1. flyers got worries though, goaltending again. neither goalie (bryz/bob) could stop a beach ball.

  37. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Fleury is looking a lot better…humangous beeg

  38. dawglb - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Bobhpine (when I type that it wants to auto correct with “bong pipe”. Nuff said.

  39. dawglb - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    The pens can score 20…… It’s only worth 1 win. Pretty sure the series is 3-1 now. As much as Bettman would like to reward Pitt with 2 wins tonight, that won’t happen.

  40. steelpens111 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    alright…penguins fans, enjoy this win and be happy we have hockey to watch on friday. seriously. see how it goes.

    flyers fans…youre team is up 3-1 still. not a good performance tonight obviously but still one win away. don’t go jumping off bridges like some of the earlier comments are. last wednesday did anyone think the flyers/pens were gonna sweep the other team? you guys have owned in large stretches of the game.

    god i love hockey :-]

  41. jagrbomb18 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Oh well…anyone who thought the flyers were going to easily sweep out the pens is a moron…looked like maybe the flyers thought it was going to be easy…hopefully Friday is more like a normal hockey game…flyers in 6

  42. jagrbomb18 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I know you were joking toasty I just hated your comments…I’m a fan too but its hard to enjoy a game when your team is down 10-3…there probably something better to not sit in traffic after your team just lost 10-3

  43. jefferythedudelebowski - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Wow, I sure read a lot about Pittsburgh fans being “fair weather” on these boards lately, but those seats sure looked empty at the start of the 3rd period. What its not like the Pens dropped a Hamilton on the Flyers right?
    The Orange Crush must have left to go looking for a Cop/Iraq veteran to lynch.

  44. jaybertx - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    You guys do realize that you’re all fighting about which team is going to go on to lose in the second round… right? Someone should have brought the giant letter D with the white picket fence cutout to remind these two teams how to play this game………

    • jefferythedudelebowski - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Dude, you said what no one else on the board has the stones to say.
      Pens get beat by their hated cross town rivals in 6
      Flyers, team built to beat the Pens, not win the Cup (beating Pittsburgh is their Cup)
      Neither team has a goalie or a Dfense so they aren’t making past the next round!

  45. jagrbomb18 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Yeah both flyers and pens need certain teams to advance in order to have a shot at cup…as much as I want to say flyers will come out and win Friday I just can’t imagine them winning 3 at Pitt…I really REALLY hope they can actually play hockey and not the crap we saw tonight

  46. crashtheboards55 - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I freakin agree. Neither team has the D or goaltending to continue. It seems both teams are hellbent are on just beating each other in round 1 and being happy with that. Craziet sports series i have seen to date.

  47. malkinrulez - Apr 18, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    One game and one game only. But I like what I saw from the boys. I believe! Rinaldo is a turd!

  48. dawglb - Apr 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Do they keep this stat? What percent of Rinaldo’s shifts result in a penalty (for Rinaldo)? I have a guess. I guess 80%. Not just in this series (in which he should never dress again), but in every game he plays in. He has killed the Flyers with stupid penalties.

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