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Claude Giroux isn’t worried about Bryzgalov

Apr 19, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 18: Jordan Staal #11 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores a first period goal against Pavel Kubina #13 and Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 18, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Even though the Philadelphia Flyers have a 3-1 series lead, I feel the need to point out that the Flyers remade their team over the summer and spent $51 million on Ilya Bryzgalov, in no small part because they were upset with Sergei Bobrovsky’s showing in their 2011 playoff run. Which wasn’t entirely unwarranted, sure Bobrovsky was a rookie and they kept him on a very short leash, but in their defense, he did post a 3.23 GAA and .880 save percentage in six playoff contests.

So how has Bryzgalov done after four postseason games? Well, you already know its bad, but if you need to put numbers to it, Bryzgalov has a 4.96 GAA and .840 save percentage.

To be fair, a goaltender’s statistics are usually not just an indication of how he’s doing, but also how his team has been. Playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins also isn’t going to leave any netminder looking pretty. Still, with numbers like that, the Philadelphia Flyers have to be getting worried.

“I’m not worried about Bryz,” Flyers center Claude Giroux said. “He knows what he’s got to do. He’s a lead goaltender, and we’ve got to do a better job in front of him. He’ll be our best player in Game 5.”

Their best player? After Wednesday’s performance? Well, this has been a wild series, so what’s one more twist?

  1. maalea - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    When you play run and gun for 2.5 games, you’ll pick up bad habits. Every Flyer was trying to get on the score sheet.

    I expect them to get back to their system and game 5 will look more game 1 than games 2,3,4.

    • steelhammer92 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      It looked more to me like the Penguins are the ones who got back to their system and settled things down. They weren’t running around trying to make knockout hits or stretch pass up and down the ice. It was controlled, focused hockey, and they excelled at it. I understand they had a PP advantage and their PK was terrible again, but they did beat Philly 5-0 even strength.

      • maalea - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        That’s my point, games 2 and 3 the Pen’s were very undiscplined, game 4 the Flyers broke down.

        I think Friday night, the winner will score 4 maybe 5 with an empty net.

        There is too much offensive talent for a low scoring game but it will not be jailbrake hockey.

    • atb4 - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      That’s what I thought would be the case for both games 3 and 4, so I don’t know what to expect anymore. The goaltenders are definitely the wild card here. Both teams obviously can put goals up in bunches and outscore the other on any given night. If Fleury gets some of his swagger back, it could make it very interesting. If not or if Bryz steps up big tomorrow, game 4 is completely forgotten about.

  2. emoser - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I don’t think you could expect any goalie in the league to come into this series on either side of the ice and expect to get shutouts. That said, 3-4 goals is acceptable… 10 is not. Given that Bryz and Bob ended up with the exact same save % and goals allowed for the game though, I think it was more on the defense than the individual goalie. I’d put Bryz right back out there Friday and make him work through it.

    • bennywisest - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Well said emoser. Flyers played bad defence for both goalies. Bryz had a few week rebounds, but several of those goals were all on the D.

    • jasol20 - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      You make a good point that it was the same SV% and goals allowed for both Bryz and Bobrovsky. However, 5 and 5 for 10 is just unacceptable at this level, and at this point in the season. It’s not like Giroux can say “well, if Bryz gives up a couple softies early, we’ll just go to our trusty backup and fight our way back.” Flyers right now don’t have a goalie that can calm the nerves of anyone and allow the players to just focus on their game.

  3. Playing the Ponzi - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    The Flyers should be very concerned (and I’m a Flyers Fan). They have benefited from having the SECOND worst goalie in the playoffs thus far. If Fleury turns his game around, that leaves Philly with the WORST goalie in the playoffs. Bryz has been bad (or at least inconsistent) throughout the series. He has given up at least 5 “soft” goals by my count. It’s just that it finally resulted in a loss in Game 4.

  4. benzoids - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Rinaldo is a dirt ball. He could have hurt somebody last night. I wish he would be nicer to the Penguins players.

    • mediatedviscera - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:07 AM


    • truehockeyfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      As a flyers fan but a hockey fan just the same ……..I have to say I’m embarrassed at Rinaldo he made us look no better than the Pens did in game three there is a place for that in the regular season or if you’re trying to protect a teammates but not out of frustration. That being said there were way to many penalty calls in game 4 some were deserved some were precautionary so things wouldn’t get out of control. The Pens got the game they wanted via the referees because of game 3 it played right into their hands. I don’t believe played all that bad one bad rebound but looked slow side to side (could it be the foot) the d looked bad Kubina very slow. Again we have an uphill battle with Grossman out but Manning looked very good when called up on d bigger than Gust and faster than Kubina so hopefully they’ll call him up. Imagine if Mezz and Gross had been 100% a different story d wise. I am very nervous about this series still and wont predict a series win the flyers have to get back to what they were doing and the refs can’t make it so Philly is so afraid of being physical otherwise the Pens have mojo. Lets go flyers!

  5. orangegesus - Apr 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    It sounds like JVR may go Friday, so Renaldo may not be on the ice, which is probably a good thing. I’m more worried about Grossman – if he’s lost, that’s trouble. Bryzgalov is such a head case, he either implodes and ends up on the bench again, or he doesn’t care about the spanking and blocks it out. Will be interesting to see how he responds.

    • mediatedviscera - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      he lets in 4 the next game, the defense keeps trying to set up outlets, and we get another barn burner…this series is playing out as one of the hardest to predict…aside from what the fans think, the pundints sound like morons trying to collect a check. Anytime you say “these teams are so evenly matched” throw some no longer relevant stats out there and say “so i’m picking the (blank) in 7 games” means they have no idea how it will go…has anyone else noticed how weird Melrose has been through this whole series?

  6. al25ny - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Pens in 7

  7. GenoPringles - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    He can’t worry about Bryz cause he’s too busy having nightmares about Soupcans Fists

    • truehockeyfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Shut up already you’re a child …if you have some intelligent comments by all means but please enough all you do is insight anger you don’t have an intellectual thought in your head. I will inform this site of your conduct so u will be removed. Look at my posts you see me making inflammatory comments especially when my team is down 3-1? I take craps that are older..please stop!

  8. mclovinhockey - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    I predicted Philly in 5, I got made fun of everyone I know…. Then again I didn’t think it would be like this. This is insane. Run and gun time is over, prepare for more of game 1 than anything, should be fun since during the regular season Philly and Pitt played run and gun as well.

  9. lsxphotog - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    So much hate for Bryz. I’m sure he will be better than he was…but he won’t be great.

  10. jelliot1978 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Bryz was definitely bad last night but sadly Bob was worse. Bob let in several long shots that he should have stopped where as Brys was not able to go post to post well on a few of the goals. Fluery played well in the 3rd, barely played in the second but looked shaky in the first. Game 5 probably will be decided by the team that stays out of the box the best. The Pens should have known from the get go that game 4 was going to be called tightly and they took to many penalties. The Flyers couldn’t spend 2 minutes at even strength in the second and it cost them the game, gave the Pens life in the series. The Pens get Neal and Adams back, maybe Martin but have no clue. The Flyers may get JVR back (hopefully they bench Rinaldo for his DUMB actions).

  11. truehockeyfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Please people let this site know about children lime GenoPringles so we can have intelligent debate and not smart ass one liners that have no use on this site other than to piss people off win or lose the discussion should be at least intellegent.

  12. id4joey - Apr 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Giroux is eating too many brownies?

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