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A silent Bryzgalov is a confident Bryzgalov? His teammates think so

Apr 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov, Andreas lilja AP

If you’re wondering about why Ilya Bryzgalov has been so quiet lately, that’s for a good reason. Ever since talking about his fear of bears and then being nearly eaten alive early in the first round by the Penguins, Bryzgalov has gone about his business very quietly and that’s by design.

As Randy Miller of the Courier Post Online notes, getting to talk to Bryzgalov is impossible now but his teammates have complete faith that he’ll get the job done against New Jersey in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

“We have a lot of confidence in Bryz,” Flyers center Claude Giroux said. “He’s a veteran and knows what he has to do out there. Defensively, we have to do a better job in front of him, and I think we will.”

Danny Briere also feels strong that Bryzgalov will do well with the Devils and that’s much in part to his stellar numbers against them this season. Bryzgalov is 3-0-0 with a 0.29 goals-against average and a .987 save percentage with two shutouts. With those kinds of numbers, it’s easy to feel confident. If he can continue that sort of play in the postseason, Bryzgalov can go ahead and not talk to as many people as he wants to.

  1. pasportyxlc - Apr 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    a silent Brzzzz is a good Brzzz…….GO FLYBOYZ !!!!!

  2. tcclark - Apr 29, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Joe you had a perfect chance for a pun “Bryzgalov has gone about his bryzness very quietly.” you’ve gotta take that opportunity before someone else does. If Bryz is good today the front page of the Daily News will probably read “Taking Care of Bryzness.”

    That could’ve been you. smh

  3. wisbadgers - Apr 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    A regular season Bryz is much better than a playoff Bryz. How many goals has he averaged/game in the last 3 playoffs. I even recall the game 7 vs Detroit when he was with Phoenix when he gave up 3 goals in the first 7 minutes.
    Take it at face value, he sucks in the playoffs.

    • dsd3 - Apr 29, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Yeah, go look at his career playoff numbers. Wrong. Thanks for playing though.

      • wisbadgers - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Ok, I’ll bite.
        2007 (Anaheim) 5 games 10 goals, 0.922 Save Percentage 2.25 Goals Against Average
        2010 (Coyotes) 7 games, 24 goals, 0.906 Save Percentage 3.44 Goals Against Average
        2011 (Coyotes) 4 games, 17 goals, 0.879 Save Percentage 4.36 Goals Against Average
        2012 (Flyers) 7 games, 24 goals, 0.873 Save Percentage, 3.70 Goals Against Average.

        So, what you’re telling me is that since 2010 when he finally became a full time goalie, having a goalie who gives up more than 3 goals a game in the playoffs is considered dominate in your world? The reality is he’s tough as nails during the regular season and soft as a pillow in the playoffs. He cannot handle the pressure.

        Thanks for coming to the party. Try not to spout venom unless you know the facts, which you obviously did not.

      • dsd3 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        I never said he was dominant, so don’t try and put words in my mouth. But he’s had two good/solid years in the playoffs, and one bad year against a team that Phoenix was heavily overmatched against. This year he hasn’t been great, but it’s still in progress.

      • dsd3 - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        By the way, his career save % in the regular season and the playoffs is identical. So it is incorrect to say that a regular season Bryz is better than a playoff Bryz.

      • wisbadgers - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Actually he has a .915 Save Percentage in the regular season (career) and a .909 Save Percentage in the playoffs (career).
        So yes, he is worse in the playoffs, that is exactly what I’m saying.

  4. dawglb - Apr 29, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Bryz will be the difference. He MUST have a .920 or better this series.

  5. barkar942 - Apr 29, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    The Flyers should come out with a new t-shirt……


  6. wisbadgers - Apr 29, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    You inspired me to look at Bryz’s replacement in Phoenix, Mike Smith.
    2011 (Lightning) 3 games, 2 goals, 0.958 Save Percentage, 1.00 Goal Against Average
    2012 (Coyotes) 7 games, 15 goals, 0.947 Save Percentage, 1.91 Goal Against Average

    So, you tell me, who’d you rather have? Bryz who’s best save percentage in the playoffs is 0.922 whereas Smith’s worst is 0.958. Also, Bryz’s best GAA is 2.25 whereas Smith’s worst is 1.91.

    I’m not trying to compare Smith and Bryz, all I’m saying is Bryz struggles EVERY YEAR in the playoffs. A lot of money for a guy who can’t handle pressure.

  7. phillyphan83 - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Bryz also has never had a team with this much talent in front of him. Those Phoenix playoff teams were garbage! Last round he faced the most prolific scoring team in the NHL this year so its safe to say no other team left has the firepower to match pittsburgh, so you keep hatin while bryz’s playoff numbers keep dropping round to round this year and we keep moving on!

    Let’s Go Flyers!

  8. wisbadgers - Apr 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Gotta love hockey!!!! Here’s hoping for a Flyers/Coyotes Cup. It would be epic!!! No hating on Bryz, just not a fan of his, that’s all.

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