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Hartnell: “We’re going to live and die” by Bryzgalov

Apr 22, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers defense deserves a lot of credit for containing the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (Evgeni Malkin was the only player to score a point, let alone a goal), but Game 6 might also be a big confidence-booster for Ilya Bryzgalov. Considering the wild success of trapping strategies in just about every series except for the Pitt-Philly one, it’s reasonable to assume that the Flyers will need more from him as the playoffs go along.

Scott Hartnell echoed such thoughts to Mark Masters.

“We’re going to live and die by Bryz,” Hartnell said. “If he plays anything like he did tonight, we’re going to keep moving on.”

Of course, that’s a pretty big if, as it seems like he was simply not as bad as Marc-Andre Fleury for most of the first round series.

Then again, you could argue that there might not be an offensive force quite like Pittsburgh left once the semifinals begin. So with all that in mind, tell us: will the Flyers live by the Bryz or die by the Bryz?

  1. dclogicatlast - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Live. Bryz is the streakiest goalie around. I expect 2 shutouts from him the next round.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:33 PM


  2. jblah - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    the pengs definitely had a good offense but bryz let in way to many easy stops and he was not on the top of his game. the defense did not do well either most of these series. i hope that this last game will be a turning point for the defense and bryz.

  3. dsd3 - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    That’s only one piece of the puzzle. Hartnell said himself last game that the Flyers need to block more shots, and today’s game showed that Bryz can play well when he has an actual defense in front of him. When Bryz was going through that hot streak, the Flyers were playing incredibly well defensively. Gotta do the same if they want to go far in the playoffs.

    That said, I was fully expecting this series to be high-scoring, so I’m not worried about Bryz going forward. He played very well today, and I’m encouraged by the way the defense played in front of him in Game 6.

  4. dropthepuckeh - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    How could you ever live with a goalie like that? The team played a great series and hats off to them for winning with a goalie like that. Honestly, if Philly had a great goalie they might be the best in the league but does anyone really think they can win it all giving up 6+ goals regularly? Definitely not trying to take away from the Flyers win at all but I feel it was in spite of their goalie, not because of him.

    • somekat - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      They should of lost game 1 and 2, Bryz kept them in both. He was solid, not great in game 3. Game 4 he was terrible, along with the rest of the tem, game 5 he wasn’t great, but not terrible either. He was good today. I do’t see the big problem.

      People seem to forget Pitt was the #1 offense, by far. Of course they gave up goals

  5. kitshky - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    When you go on a run a team tends to have a few different personalities from round to round so its no guarantee that their weaknesses from the 1st round are going to follow them, but they’re going to have to completely change the way they played if they have any chance of getting to the Conference Final.

    They didnt win this round so much as they didnt lose it. They got the talent though, so should be interesting.

    • dsd3 - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      I guess by your logic scoring 30 goals in 6 games doesn’t count as winning it?

      • kitshky - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        Dude, I’m not criticizing the Flyers but they also gave up 26 goals in 6 games. That was as loose and sloppy a series as you’re going to see this side of the early 80’s.

      • dsd3 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Well, you’re criticizing them by saying they didn’t really win this round. That’s a silly comment. Never said Bryz was great, but the Flyers earned this win.

  6. somekat - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Depends on how things shake out. It could still wind up Florda V Ottowa and Philly V Washington next round. If that is the case, Flyers are clear favorites to represent the east. If it’s Boston V Philly and NY V NJ, or NY v Philly and Boston V Florida, it’s going to be a long road to the finals, no matter who the goalie is. The Flyers need either NY or Bos to be upset, so they don’t have to go through Pitt/Boston/NY

  7. drewzducks - Apr 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    As the great American Josey Wales once said “dyin’ ain’t much of a livin”

  8. dropthepuckeh - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    @drewzducks: love it. You never disappoint…

  9. crazemastercraze - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    “good luck with that” said charlie sheen. i don’t see how anyone could expect them to get much farther with that type of goaltending. i mean, its not like in football where you’ve got trent dilfer doing just enough to get you by and let everyone else do the rest of the work. they’re going to face teams with much better goaltending than what they saw in fleury(by a long shot) and aren’t going to be over confident like the egotistical pens. even if they make it to the final does anybody honestly believe they could beat the preds or stl?????

    • maalea - Apr 22, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      No matter the match up in round 2, the next team will not be as gifted as the Pen’s.

      So Brez’s goals against and save % will improve.

      You know what else will happen the Flyers will score less and the Power play % will go down.

      Neither means that the Flyers will win or lose the series. All it means is it will be a tighter played series.

  10. bleed4philly - Apr 22, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    As long as the flyers don’t get caught up ice and leave the scoring to the first two lines, we’ll be fine. Losing Grossman means that the Flyers can’t take chances, they needed to adjust and let the game come to them after scoring early. first time in the series that the team who scored first won the game. Giroux!

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