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Briere: Bryzgalov was “the only one who showed up tonight”

May 1, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

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When the Philadelphia Flyers went up 1-0 early in Game 2 against the New Jersey Devils, it seemed like it was going to be one of those games again. Not necessarily a win, but at least one of those high-flying Flyers efforts that have made them stand out as a wide-open team in a playoffs brimming with defense-first (second and last) squads. Instead, they folded after that 1-0 lead, expecting Ilya Bryzgalov to do it all and thus suffered a predictable 4-1 loss.

Danny Briere has been a hero for most of the playoffs basically since his first postseason game with Philly, but he didn’t have a great Game 2. He seems like a pretty accurate judge of the team’s effort, then, as he told Sam Carchidi.

“[We had] no desperation,” Briere said. “It’s frustrating. Bryz is really the only one who showed up tonight.”

Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but it was a pretty pitiful team effort after the Flyers went up 1-0. The power play went without a goal for the first time in the playoffs (0-for-5) while Claude Giroux (zero points) was awfully quite and Briere (-3 rating) was brutal on defense.

Bryzgalov kept the team in the game even after New Jersey generated a 12-2 shot advantage in the second period, but eventually the floodgates opened in a four-goal (empty-netter included) third period.

For a team that seemingly generated most – if not all – of its five playoff wins despite Bryzgalov’s play, it’s strange that they lost despite one of his best performances in months. However their goalie performs on a nightly basis, Philly needs to turn things around against its division rivals or the Flyers will face another second round exit.

  1. dsd3 - May 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    It’s really not an exaggeration. No shots on goal for over 18 minutes. That says it all.

    • James O'Brien - May 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      I’ve heard a few good things about Eric Wellwood’s efforts. That’s about it.

      • dsd3 - May 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        Yeah, Wellwood was decent during the first 10 min of the game before the Flyers suffered collective amnesia and forgot that they were playing a hockey game.

      • greggoldberg - May 2, 2012 at 2:15 AM

        Wellwood is so ridiculously fast.

  2. villi5ed - May 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Another example of why the Flyers will fall short of the ultimate prize. There is an essential quality —- call it concentration, or focus, or dedication, or commitment, or will —- in a championship hockey club that they simply lack.

    • biasedhomer - May 2, 2012 at 1:25 AM

      stupid comment is stupid.

      How did the Flyers come back in games 1 and 2 last round?

    • emoser - May 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      I thought goaltending was the reason they wouldn’t win it… can’t you haters make up your mind?

      • Buffalo Grumblings - May 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Yes it is goaltending that will keep them from winning Lord Stanley’s Cup. Same reason it has been since Parent retired.

      • phil5111 - May 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        No, it is still the reason. Don’t you expect your $51M goalie to have more than or two good games out of 8?

      • emoser - May 2, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        My point wasn’t that Bryz has lived up to expectations, it was that after he has a good game guys like villi5ed immediately make up a new criticism for the team (which, by the way, makes absolutely no sense).

    • maalea - May 2, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      They are a very young team. They dominated the last 2 and a half periods of game 1. Game 2 they come out flying and get a goal from the 4th line. To a man they took their foot off the gas and thought ” We got them now”. Credit the Devils, they outworked, outhit, out everythinged they Flyers.

    • irishphilly87 - May 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      the flyers don’t have any of that? No? not guys like jagr whos hungrier than anyone and giroux? not guys like briere? timonen? they just made fools of the “cup favorites” that all the experts predicted. it was one slip up game last night and ill gurantee the flyers win in 5. this team is special n the rangers next round lundquist doesnt scare me with this offense. idc what happened in the regular season against them the flyers r playing there best hockey all year i just have a feeling.

      • irishphilly87 - May 2, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        and its time people admit that the flyers are the most talented team in the league. i heard people like JR come on philly radio and said “if you’re going on talent alone the penguins will win handely” …..howd that work out? we are the deepest team in the league all 4 lines every player could be on the 1st line. LETS GO FLYERS, in one month the Cup will be on a float going down Broad Street !

  3. tfoz5150 - May 1, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    One game! The flyers offense didn’t show tonight. Don’t forget EVERYONE picked the flyers to win the series. G-man, Briere, & JVR won’t be shut down the entire series. Lavy will get them fired up to play the right way. It’s been a long time since ’75.

  4. chasemutley - May 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Flyers are a talented and mature group; no question they’ll step up game 3.

  5. flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 2, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Watching it live…bryz and wellwood came to play. We didn’t play bad, the devils bet us. Well done.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 2, 2012 at 12:58 AM


    • bdawk20 - May 2, 2012 at 6:35 AM

      No, we played awful- the Devils beat us to every puck and held us shotless for 18 minutes in the 2nd despite us starting the period in the PP. we played the worst game of the year.

      We got too cute rather than put pucks on net- you need to beat brodeur with deflections, screens, and rebounds when the Devils clog the zone as well as they did, but we tried to find the perfect shot instead.

  6. dawglb - May 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Well said. Bryz and Wellwood (sorry for being redundant) didn’t get the memo. Mysterious outing tonight by everyone else.

  7. modogg42 - May 2, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    The crowd was as dead as the team throughout the night too. Never heard it so pitiful there, Must have been something in the air or something. For as much as Flyers fans pride themselves on their passion, (the one’s at the game) were awfully silent throughout the contest, except the end when they wanted to end. I was yelling louder at my house then the entire place was

    • emoser - May 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      Zero shots in almost an entire period will do that to a crowd.

  8. dawglb - May 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    @modogg42, the crowd was not bad until it was 3-1….. It wasn’t Game 7 loud, but they were cranked up through 2 periods.

    • modogg42 - May 2, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      that’s good to hear. Watching on TV it sounded like you could hear a pin drop in the 2nd period.

  9. couturierfellatesguys - May 2, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    can anyone tell me if golden boy claudy played last night cus I didn’t hear his name once

    • redmosquito16 - May 2, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      Awe, poor Geno Pringles is still butt-hurt that his team was DESTROYED in round 1 even though they were picked by basically every talking head to win the Cup. Yes, Geno, I heard Giroux’s name a few times. No, he didn’t play well last night but neither did Cindy or Malkin. Oh, wait… Speaking of Cindy, Malkin & Giroux, have your boys gotten over being absolutely OWNED by G?

    • maalea - May 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      You’re right Claude pulled a Malkin.

    • wicky888 - May 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      I heard Crosby shot 72 on the back 9

  10. Jonny 5 - May 2, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    It was as if somebody spiked their drinks with Rohypnol. Besides Bryz and Wellwood anyway.

  11. Jonny 5 - May 2, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Flyers in 5!

  12. philly4lyfe - May 2, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    It’s only 1 game. Your obviously not gonna go 16-0 in the playoffs. Your bound to have a clunker every now and then. We will rebound in gm 3.

  13. phinfan527 - May 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Just in case you missed it, the Devils defense shut down Philly last night. Stop with all of the headlines that Philly didn’t do this, Philly didn’t do that!! Devils were just better. Get over it!! Devs in 6!!

  14. jblah - May 2, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    flyers had a complete off day. other than bryz and one played past that 1st period. lucky this wasn’t a “must-win” game then i would be really upset.

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