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Bryzgalov reflects on Game 5, gaffe: “An unlucky night”

May 8, 2012, 10:57 PM EDT

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It’s almost too easy to scapegoat Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for their five-game second round letdown against the New Jersey Devils. After all, the series-clinching goal he allowed will likely live on in fans’ memories long after people forget about Philly’s tepid offense (it was only 2-1 New Jersey in the first period of what was eventually a 3-1 loss) and porous defense. One could say Bryzgalov was a victim of bad luck.

In fact, that’s basically what Bryzgalov said when he explained that gaffe to NBC’s Tom Layberger.

“I tried to put the puck in the corner for Kimmo [Timonen] for him to start a breakout,” Bryzgalov said. “It was an unlucky night.”

Bryzgalov’s not totally wrong, yet I get the feeling he’ll get a beating for not following Joel Ward‘s lead by taking the blame whether it was totally fair or not.

That being said, Bryzgalov can easily be blamed for trying to make “the fancy play” rather than having crucial self-awareness. Breezy is in the league’s lower ranks when it comes to puckhandling, so one could argue that he was ill-advised to attempt a lower percentage pass.

See for yourself by watching the goal again, although if you’re a Flyers fan, you’re probably already primed to see it in your nightmares.

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  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 8, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Looks like he Steve Smith-ed himself.

  2. dsd3 - May 8, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    I’m a Flyers fan, and I’ll see plenty of stuff in my “nightmares” before this. Maybe Kimmo T. giving up the puck for the GWG in game 4. Easy to blame Bryz for the series, but totally incorrect.

  3. martysbetter - May 8, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    David Clarkson continues to out David Clarkson himself by scoring the best David Clarkson goals.

    • martysbetter - May 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

  4. wisbadgers - May 8, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Mike Smith > Bryzgalov.

    Enjoy watching the Coyotes on TV, Bryz!!!

    • dsd3 - May 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      Whatevs, they’ll get eliminated in the WCF by Jonathan Quick, a real elite goalie anyway.

  5. maalea - May 8, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Let’s face facts, That may have been the series winning goal but after game 4 there was no way the Flyers were comming back.

  6. fiddytucker - May 9, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    I like the crystal ball. Now what are the lotto numbers?

  7. mydadyourmom - May 9, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Terrible play by a terrible goalie. Haha.

  8. vindicatus - May 9, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    How have I never seen that Clarkson down site before? Hilarious! I love it!

  9. iluvwikileaks - May 9, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    “Have you never been mellow. Have you ever tried. To find a comfort from inside. Have you ever been happy just to hear your song. Have you ever let someone else be strong.”
    – Olivia Newton-John, 1975

    Seems just like yesterday, huh?

    Well, not really.


  10. rtrmusic - May 9, 2012 at 7:53 AM


  11. ironcity6pak - May 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Classic!! Clarkson must be the biggest bear in the woods!!!

  12. mclovinhockey - May 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Where is the article on the offsides goal ? You had one when Philly scored on an offsides why not now?

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