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Here’s what they’re saying about Bryzgalov’s blunder

May 9, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

A recap of Ilya Bryzgalov-inspired quotes after the Philadelphia Flyers lost 3-1 in the fifth and deciding game of their Eastern Conference semifinal against New Jersey.

Specifically, the goal he banked in off Devils forward David Clarkson:

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Rich Hoffman, Philadelphia Daily News:

“And so, this is how it ends, one of those only-in-Philadelphia nights. It is a story that we pass down through the hockey generations, like baldness. The Flyers lost a playoff series to the New Jersey Devils and this will be the enduring symbol from the final game…

“Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, trying to shoot a puck away from the front of his net, away to safety, instead seeing the puck picked out of the air by Devils forward David Clarkson and ricocheting behind him and into the goal.

“It was impossible, and it happened.”

Kevin Callahan, Courier-Post:

“Saying Bryz’s latest meltdown was just a mistake, however, misses to capture how frightfully inconsistent he has played all season, except for a stretch in March where he was good enough to be named the NHL Player of the Month.”

Sam Carchidi,

“It’s right up there with a goal from beyond center ice by Minnesota’s Barry Gibbs that gave the North Stars a 1-0 season-ending win and cost the Flyers a 1970 playoff berth. Goalie Bernie Parent lost the puck in the sun that was coming through the Spectrum windows, and he was playing for Toronto the next season.

“There was a gut-wrenching tally by Buffalo’s Gerry Meehan with four seconds left in the final game of the 1971-72 regular season, knocking the Flyers out of the playoffs. Meehan’s 80-footer somehow eluded goalie Doug Favell.

“The Goal Heard ‘Round South Philly on Tuesday was right up there with the Patrick Kane score than got past the Flyers’ Michael Leighton and gave Chicago an overtime win and the Stanley Cup in Game 6 of the 2010 Finals.”

John Gonzalez, CSN Philly:

“Up to that point, Bryzgalov had not been the Flyers’ biggest problem. That changed with one awful play. The gaffe was so big, so significant that the stat sheet should have credited Bryzgalov with the goal, or at least the assist.

“It will haunt them for a long time.”

  1. dsd3 - May 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Talk about exaggeration. It was a really horrid goal, but the series was already over.

    • smlngnan - May 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      the article makes is sound like Bryz was the sole reason for the Flyers loosing the game–I’ve seen plenty of teams come back an and win a game after a mistake like that!

      • maalea - May 9, 2012 at 2:41 PM

        As I stated here last night, That was the series winning goal but the outcome was inevitable.

      • goalie007 - May 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

        Agreed – it was a bad goal, but last time I checked Philly only scored 1. Not all Bryz’s fault.

    • tfoz5150 - May 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

      It was 1-1 at that point

      • dsd3 - May 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Uh, and the Flyers scored one goal in the whole game. So how exactly were they going to win?

  2. chiadam - May 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    The offseason “shake-up” Philly initiated really worked out well. You know, for the other teams.

    • jblah - May 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      when you get rid of 2 of your top scores and still get to the 2nd round of the playoffs…it worked out pretty well. there is nothing to be bummed out about. we have a young team and we’ll be good for the next few years. we’ll be back.

      • jpelle82 - May 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        kings already look better with richards and carter. they made the conference finals this year and if i recall correctly, the flyers did too WITH carter and richards. kings were worse without them and so are flyers it appears.

      • jblah - May 9, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Sometimes you have to take a step back to move a mile forward.

      • Playing the Ponzi - May 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        Flyers got a lot younger. I like this team more than the Carter/Richards version. It’s just a shame they wasted all that money on Bryz. Coming from Tippett’s excellent D-first system (think Mike Smith looks any better in PHX than he did in TB?), it was easy to see Bryz as a likely flop relative to the lofty expectations.

  3. mianfr - May 9, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Really, let it go… This was the second goal in a game five elimination game in which the Flyers themselves couldn’t muster to score more than one goal and lost by two…

    I mean unless you want to argue that this goal was so bad that it caused the team to quit on the game and also the series, I think you could imagine some significantly worse things here.

    • jpelle82 - May 9, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      it definitely sucked the life out of the crowd.

    • m1k3g - May 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      I have to disagree. I think the people who are saying it wasn’t that big of a deal are missing the larger point:

      The goal was a microcosm of Bryzgalov’s whole year. And it came at maybe the absolute worst time it possibly could’ve. Your top offensive gun out, game 5, down a game – you’re hoping your big money goaltender can steal one for you, not give one away.

      • mianfr - May 9, 2012 at 2:58 PM

        I could understand that if it were Pekka Rinne, your solid netminder all season and a major reason you got you this far, but all season Philly had to accomplish things in spite of Bryzgalov.

        They had to see this coming… It doesn’t really matter how he gave them up; the Flyers had to know they’d need at least three and almost definitely four to force a game six.

  4. bennywisest - May 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Of course that was a bonehead/backbreaking goal, and Bryz should not have tried to imitate Brodeur. However, Bryz was the best player for the Flyers this series. If it wasn’t for Bryz, none of the games would have been close losses. Everyone should just move on.

    • roadtrip3500 - May 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      There are exactly two NHL goaltenders that have scored goals in both the regular season and the playoffs: Hextall and Brodeur. Marty’s stickhandling should not be imitated for that reason alone.

      • bennywisest - May 9, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        I agree. It appeared he was trying to set up the offense with deep passes (like Marty has been doing). Its not Bryz’ strength and he should have played it safe. But with that being said, he had a solid series, easily outplayed the rest of the team and doesn’t deserve the degree of flak he is getting. Philly sports writers are terrible.
        –Flyers fan.

      • chyatt7 - May 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        Every goalie plays the puck, not just Brodeur. To say Bryz was imitating him is ridiculous. He was receiving a pass that his defensemen clearly passed back for him to handle.

        The flyers as a team didn’t play well enough to win the series. Bryzgalov is not to blame. Philly couldn’t get out of their own end the whole series. That’s the bottom line.

      • roadtrip3500 - May 9, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        chyatt7 – yes, all goalies play the puck… but Brodeur was the goalie behind the implementation of the trapezoid – it’s nicknamed the Martin Brodeur Rule for a reason. Marty is such a skilled passer, he was considered part of the rush at times. The trapezoid was instituted to keep him in a zone where he couldn’t set up teammates… other teams felt NJ had an unfair advantage in that regard. Bryz should have made a safe dump to the corner when a teammate was available – with Clarkson right there, he was in no position to try to make a play down-ice.

  5. sippindasyzurp - May 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    The series was over… But Flyers fans will not get a chance to see a Stanley Cup victory for at least the next 8 years when his contract expires..

  6. illcomm - May 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Why doesn’t anyone mention the fact that it was a bad decision by Timmonen to pass Iyla the puck in the first place. Iyla wasn’t exspecting it and Kimmo made a big mistake passing.

    • miketoasty - May 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      The goalie should always be expecting the puck. All Bryz had to do was play it behind the net, but he took the risky route, tried to make a play, and it cost them.

      Kimmo had a player bearing down on him and made a good play back to the goalie. At least Kimmo knows how to get rid of the puck to his own team.

    • kitshky - May 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM


      No ones mentioning that because it’s wrong. Timmonen passes the puck back to Bryzgalov because he was pressured, all Brygalov had to do was push it into the corner. Look at the tape again, he Timmonen in the corner completely ungaurded with a Flyer at the point also completely ungaurded … that’s a no brainer “bangbang” hockey play. (and anyone who tries to make the argument that Bryzgalov wasnt ready for a puck to come at him in that situation clearly has never played Goal or D)

      Also to the people trying to dismiss this goal as “a second goal in a game they werent going to win anyways”, it was the 2nd goal in a 1 – 1 elmination game … that is a huuuge demoralizing play.

      • truehockeyfan - May 9, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        The play was a blunder granted but hockey is team game and if your team can’t muster more than 1 goal then they didn’t deserve to win. I’ve been critical of Bryzgalov all season but he was not the reason they lost this series and he was easily the better goalie Marty was average to decent at best this should be exposed in the next series he can’t carry this team and both goaltenders left in the east are by far better goaltenders with better defenders and systems

      • kitshky - May 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

        O no I’ve been saying that since the start of the 1st round, yes Bryz was awful at worst and inconsistent at best … but the team in general had been so loose and sloppy overall that he was only part of the problem.

        The high of beating Pittsburgh hid the fact that it was one of the worst played series in a long time.

  7. iluvwikileaks - May 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    There was nothing more satisfying than watching Jagr wearing a Flyers uniform and not bothering to show up:)

    • beavertonsteve - May 9, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      No, watching Jagr high five the eliminated Penguins was better.

  8. biffnasty - May 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Knock knock

  9. wicky888 - May 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    I must admit, Philly area sports writers are TERRIBLE. I’ve been reading their BS my whole life, and it seems to get worse and worse. But lets be real here. The series was already 3-1. The Flyers had been dominated badly for the previous 3 games. Most fans I know (the rational ones anyway) have seen this before and knew the series was over (I knew, I posted it yesterday). This muff-up happened in the first period. There was plenty of time to come back and at least tie it up. Lets face it, if this goal didnt go in, another one would have. The Flyers weren’t making it out of this series nomatter what.

    Philly needs to hire a sports writer who knows the game of hockey instead of this clowns.

    • martysbetter - May 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      Seems like a lot to ask of a city who chose to erect a statue of a pretend boxer as opposed to former heavy weight champion Joe Fraiser – who, you know, actually exists and is from Philly.

      • wicky888 - May 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

        I agree, I’ve lived 5 miles outside Philly my whole life and I never understood that Rocky sh!t

      • maalea - May 9, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        Tons of hayseed tourists come to run up the steps to the Art Museum.

        Stallone made the statue for Rocky 71 maybe it was Rocky 47 but he used it in a film, then gave it to the city.

        The city wants to give the hayseeds a photo-op.

        Cities run on tourists money.

  10. cruuuzcontrol - May 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Flyer fans and their spin, so hilarious. Let me count the ways:

    1) “We were just happy/surprised to be there after purging so much talent in the offseason!” WRONG… You brought back plenty of overhyped talent in those deals and definitely thought you would wipe the floor with the Devils and breeze to the Cup finals.

    2) “Bryzgalov was the Flyers best player for the entire series!” WRONG… He let in at least one weak goal every game, including this travesty of a game-winner (yes, GWGs are important, mianfr).

    3) “The refs never called the games fairly!” Technically right, but still WRONG. The Flyers had to resort to being thugs to give themselves even the hopes of finding an edge and they failed miserably and earned every call they got.

    • crazemastercraze - May 9, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      your trying to talk sense to those already eating the flyers soilent green. they never get it and they never will. the money Bryz “earns” makes it more laughable that flyers fans believe a guy that lets in a average of 3 goals a game still makes him world class. yeah, okay, as if he’s the trent dilfer of hockey. the entire management staff should be fired for promising last year that the let down they had wouldn’t happen again. they’re this decades version of the late 90’s/early 2000’s ny rangers. they still think if they throw money at something (e.g. players) it will win them a championship. they’re a total joke!!!!

  11. vindicatus - May 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    If not for Bryz, the Flyers would have been swept in 4 instead of lasting until 5, and this is how the city thanks him.

  12. buffalomafia - May 9, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    No doubt Philly needs a solid goalie to win the cup next year!

    Make it happen!

  13. stevefromsacto - May 9, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Nice to see Flyers fans endure some of the pain we Caps fans have had for years. But at least “we ain’t dead yet.” Check this out:

  14. 11cups - May 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    New York Suck d!(k

  15. couturierfellatesguys - May 9, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    i just want to say….. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHH we all knew it was coming!!!!! 1975 keep the dream alive filthy

  16. aj267 - May 9, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    you flyer fans kill me . you spent millions on this goalie thinking he’s gonna be your savior and he’s a piece of crap not worth anywhere near the money you spent. i knew from the first week, no one had to worry about you guys because of him.he’s just good enough to get you there (barely) but not good enough to finish. you flyers will never get anywhere to you get a goalie that is really a number one .
    just another reason to laugh at you can score 4 goals a game but you give up 5 that math just doesn,t work.

    • crazemastercraze - May 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      guess the flyers didn’t bother to scout last years Phoenix-Detroit playoff series…..

  17. pdddy100 - May 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    uhhhh 7 minutes gone in the FIRST period……. c’mon philly STOP blaming your goalie

  18. sporkov - May 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Just glad we are not having to put up with Bryz’s ego and crappy bad goals here in Phoenix any more. If he was half of a playoff goaltender we would have beaten Detroit two years ago and not been swept last year. For pete’s sake he is being easily outplayed by a guy that played half of last season in the AHL and passed through waivers twice, no disrespect to Mike. If that is what playing for the Coyotes and getting to work with Sean Burke does for someone who was having the worst time in their career, it should have allowed Bryz to be the best goalie in the league, even during the playoffs.

  19. bostonhockey1 - May 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Nobody blasting your captain for taking the worst penalty in playoffs casing his one game . If ever you needed Giroux it was game 5 dumbass immature. Lead your team take the c away doesn’t deserve it

  20. matthewmacisaac - May 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    If Broduer (the best goalie in history, yes, I’m a Flyers fan but I know greatness) or any goalie in the playoffs had faced the chances Bryzgalov faced, their stats would look much the same as Bryz’s. The Flyers team defense didn’t show up except for game 6 against Pitt. Yes, That was a bad goal, but look at his play the rest of the game and you’ll wonder how they didn’t lose 7-1. The Devils won the boards, the races to the pucks, and the series. If they play like that the rest of the playoffs Marty will go out the door with the Cup. Now the countdown to losing Matt Carle starts (addition by subtraction for the defense, I know greatness when I see it and I also know who sucks out loud when I see it.)

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