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Latest loss leaves Flyers’ Bryzgalov dejected, without answers

Mar 27, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Dan Girardi #5, Rick Nash #61, Carl Hagelin #62, and Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers celebrate Stepan's second period goal against Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers on March 26, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette had a simple message after Philadelphia lost a critical game against the New York Rangers: “The season is not over.”

While Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov doesn’t necessarily disagree with the bench boss, he didn’t sound like he was in much of a fighting mood after allowing five goals on 31 shots to the Rangers Tuesday night.

“They always just find a way to beat us,” Bryzgalov said in a CSN Philly report. “I don’t know why the reason, but they always find a way.

“I don’t know. It was a big game. We win tonight, we’re three points behind the Rangers. But now we’re seven points behind the Rangers. To be honest, I don’t know. I don’t have an answer.”

The Rangers currently hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference while the Philadelphia Flyers have tumbled to 14th place.

“I wish we [would] win one,” Bryzgalov said. “And two more the next game, but let’s start with the one. You know, not go farther than one.

“I don’t know, I don’t remember when we [won] last time. It was a long time ago. We need one win at least in the next game.”

The Flyers’ latest losing streak is three games, but because of a break in their schedule, they haven’t won in nearly two weeks.

They will play against the New York Islanders on Thursday and try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    They way they let Nash play around Bryz and just throw it in the net for the 4th goal is unacceptable. The defense needs to shut down players like that if they want to make the playoffs. Also they need their stars to score. Those 2 goals from last night were not impressive ( although the neck goal was crazy ). Flyers should make a big trade for someone to help out the scoring drought.

    • johnstone17 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Thats the save he absolutely had to make. They had the Rangers back on their heels a little bit right there.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        and to think there’s people in Phillly that actually think this clown isnt going to be amnesty claused out this summer?? lol yeah ok …. no question… he’s a goner

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        president charles logan, there are plenty of people outside the city that think he won’t be amnestied. I’m not one of those people though, I think the money we’re spending on Bryz and Briere can be better spent elsewhere. He kept us in the game in the 1st period then came up small the rest of the game. I know everyone’s gonna say his D didn’t help him, and that’s true, but if you’re an elite goaltender you HAVE to shut the door on that 4th Rangers goal. There’s no excuse for allowing Nash to score from that angle. Coburn turned it over and he’s also responsible but Bryz needs to cover the far post, whether that means using his stick or just extending his leg. I’m tired of him not shutting the door.

      • chrisvegas - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

        If Flyers don’t buy out Bryz contract they will regret it. We do NOT want to be on the hook for this clown until 2020. The fact that any Philly fans defend his play just proves that the Flyers fan base has forgotten what it is to have an elite goaltender. Bryz hasn’t even been average with his less then .899 save percentage and his 2.8 GAA. He is not even average. Even if Bryz did have a good year this season, that contract is murder and must be bought out. This guy is 33 and is signed until he is 40. He isn’t going to get any better, only worse. That is scary… Because I don’t think this clown can get much worse. His stats aren’t even average.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    maybe he should consult the cosmos

    • 19to77 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Or maybe his defense could give him a bit of support now again. And hey, while we’re looking to the stars and praying for miracles, could anyone other than Voracek score a few goals occasionally?

  3. sportsfaninyyc - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Philly missing the playoffs makes me happy!

  4. bigt12789 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Gotta love the fact that PHT can’t be bothered to do simple things like post a recap of last nights games, power rankings, etc. but whenever the Flyers lose a game we get 3 or 4 articles about it. I’m not trying to single out the Flyers, I know it would be the same if any of the other East Coast big market teams were having a down year, but do we really need daily updates from Lavy and Bryz after every loss?

    • jkay1818 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      it’s true, i mentioned that in my comment on the laviolette article. it’s pht, philly hockey talk. every team in the nhl basically aside from them has an impt game each night, but day in and out. philly looking to rebound on the rangers loss and get back i nthe mix
      rivalry: philly looking to pull within 31 pts of the pens in an eastern match up
      philly needs this win vs devils for hope

      • jkay1818 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        i think what it comes down to is the writers on this site stink. It’s the same stuff over and over again. Not a knock on philly at all, because IM sure even their fans don’t want to keep reading about it, over and over. Especially when it isn’t a philly site (it should be) they don’t know a ton about hockey on here.
        Last week the caps were the flavor of the week, their fans popping on saying how they can go on a major run. an article how they beat the rangers and climbing and how the rangers are in a downward spiral. It’s just evidence they dont watch these games. the rangers were bad the first 10 mins, were down 2-0 they came back and lost in a shootout. No mention how the rangers were clearly dominant the remaining 50 mins and held the caps to something like 9 shots the rest of the way. it’s just bad journalism and bad analysis of the games. a lot of the people on here are knowledgeable, even more so than the writers and we just comment without researching. the writers actually research, put things together and it’s still bleh. by the way the caps lost a huge game to the isles yesterday and no mention of it.
        no need for this article, we get it based on the other 4, they lost. the writing isnt cute with the 12 bryzgalov quotes with his broken English, we get it.

      • islesjb - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Let me state that I have no bias whatsover- but yea, how about some Isles coverage from time to time? Huge win last night with JT scoring the game winner no less.

        We get it- Philly blows. Cover the teams that at the very least have an outside shot at the playoffs

    • JoeAvg - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      C’mon guys. Don’t you think the fact that Comcast owns both the Flyers and the NBC Sports Network has anything to do with it? Didn’t that ever occur to you?

      • ml3939 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        I think the articles are they put up are in response to the comments sections. Fortunately or unfortunately depending how you look at it, Flyers articles receive the most comments/thumbs up and down.

  5. joewilliesshnoz - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    This guy’s a pretender, not a goaltender.

  6. bubblehead22 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The Dallas Cowboys of the NHL. The most over hyped and overrated team in the league.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      The difference is the Dallas Cowboys have actually won Championships in the past 20 years

      • jimeejohnson - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        The difference is cheesesteak.

      • hockeyfan28 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        With Jerry Jones as Gm the cowboys won’t see another one for a long time

  7. myroncopesflask - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I don’t understand. I set up a timer for my DVR on DirecTV to record the biggest loser last night and it recorded the Flyers game?

    • miketoasty - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Comment of the day right here folks.

    • pwilson264 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      HA,HA,HA,HA, you to dam it.

  8. hockeyfan28 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    This team has so completely tuned out their coach and his “jam” it’s not even funny
    when you get Pierre McGuire who hates this team literally urging you to pick up your play
    you know you got major problems

  9. jimeejohnson - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Flyers underachieving as much as any team, ever. All a fan can say is “ain’t it a shame” (no ridicule intended). This great game is better with a high performing Philadelphia club.

  10. mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    The top 3 flyers of the season
    1. Voracek- his hard work is paying off and his very reasonable contract to go along with it. Managed to put one in off his head last night.

    2. Simmonds- great play and hustle all year. The guy is a beast. Took a puck to the face, got a stick in the face (drew blood and another missed game changing call by the officials) and got a grinders goal.

    3. Bryzgalov- yup many may think I am crazy for this one but the only goal I thought this guy should have had was the 4th (which was still the D’s fault). He stopped a lot of big chances but there is only so much a goalie can do. He has been decent this year, stopping a lot of chances that usually would have gone in on all flyers goalies in the past 10 years, he just has no D help this year at all.

    • chrisvegas - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      I agree with your first two choices, but how in the Universe do you put Bryz on that list when he less then a .899 save % and over 2.80 GAA. Do you watch this guy? Why there are people out there defending his inconsistent play is beyond me. This guy can’t make huge saves, can’t bail his team out of bad situations. He goes down to his knees almost every-time anyone shoots the puck. Rick Nash was right last night when he was telling his teammates to shoot high. Bryz is NOT an elite goalie, infact he is not even an average goalie. Just look at his stats. This guy is a disaster. He might play good for two periods, but when the game is on the line he gives up weak goals like he did last night when the Flyers have clawed their way back into the game. Yes there are more problems then just Bryz on this team, but if the Flyers don’t buy this guy out they are going to screw themselves for the next 8 years with this nitwit.

      • mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        The main reason I put him as number 3 is because no one else on the team has done anything… Bryz has played more games than most of the Flyers due to injury. The guy is fatigue as hell. He REALLY needs a solid back up to give him breaks every now and then. Also if you have seen most the chances other teams get its usually because the D screws up huge. While I don’t think bryz is elite, he is a good goalie if theres a solid team in front of him. I think he has another 2-3 good years in front of him but if the Flyers continue to leave him dry and give up chances not even Ken Dryden could stop, then the Flyers are going to be drafting early for the next few years.

      • chrisvegas - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        I don’t care what the reason is, you couldn’t be more wrong. Bryz sucks. His stats aren’t even average. He isn’t a good goalie. He is a mental case. It isn’t that he has been overworked, Bryz has always been a guy who played the majority of the games, and lets face it, it is just a game. Like that is hard work to play a game. The player you should have put on that list is Timenon, now that is a guy who is overworked. The defense and the goaltending is why the Flyers stink right now. Bryz is the biggest reason. He isn’t even average.

  11. jkay1818 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    the goal he let in on richards was horrid, there was no screen in front, he saw the shot and missed it with his glove.

  12. mancave001 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    It’s the defense, period. They are hanging Bryz out to dry. He was amazing in the Pitt game. As for the site, they clearly seem to love writing negative Flyers stories.

  13. myroncopesflask - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I swear there are some serious dolts on this site. Why so many articles on the Flyers, Pens, Rangers?? Umm do you think it has anything to do with the Flyers and Pens rabid fans base or the size of the the Rangers market?

    • miketoasty - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      *Goes back to home page*

      List of current articles…

      – Columbus
      – Bruins / Carolina
      – Oilers
      – Penguins
      – Flyers
      – Coyotes
      – Carolina
      – Penguins
      – Bruins / Montreal

      I don’t really see a common theme here, other than the Penguins being in there twice (Due to a star Defenseman breaking his toe and being replaced on IR, kind of a big deal).

  14. flyeredup - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Can we trade both Schenns to Toronto for JVR please?

  15. mj1818 - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    How do you say “re-build” in a Philadelphia accent? I think it’s BOOOOO!!!

  16. blastfurnaceknows - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    What the Flyers really need to trade is their fan base.
    As for there being so many negative articles on that team? They’re horrible. What do you expect? Positive articles on their putridity? Or the douchbaggery of their fan base?

  17. 950003cups - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Two goalies who were overpaid for are Swiss Bryz And Suicide Slick. But I like Bryz. He makes you laugh. Both on and off the ice. Too bad he was too lazy to stick his leg out on that Nash wrap. Most goalies (in the AHL) would have made that save. That loss was on him.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      That Nash move was like from NHL 96

  18. chrisvegas - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Tough year for the Flyers but the future is much brighter then it may seem. People forget how young this team is. They have a young core of forwards that are going to get much better when guys like Brayden Schenn get more experience. The big problems this year is from defense and goaltending. How anyone can defend the play of Bryz is beyond me. This guy is inconsistent and the worst regular season goalie the Flyers have ever had. Granted he is not the only problem on this team, but when you look at his contract he should be one of this team’s stabilizing forces. Having a under .899 save percentage ad over a 2.80 gaa is unacceptable. How anyone can defend this guys play is beyond me. His first 10 games were solid, but after that we are back to mister universe.

    The other problem is the Flyers defense. Other then Luke Schenn, Timenon, and grossman, the defense has been awful. The biggest disappointment has to be Coburn who was such a stud for this team last year.

    Going forward there are a few moves the Flyers should make. 1) Either buy out or trade Briere. I love him and he is the most clutch playoff scorer in hockey, but the Flyers are more then two years away from being a true contender. They are young and they need time for these forwards to grow. Coult is only 20, Schenn is only 22, the core of this team is under 25. They will get MUCH better. Clear 6.5 mil from Briere and it will allow them to sign a key free agent. 2) The most important move the Flyers can make is they MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST buy out Bryz’s contract. If they get stuck with this nutjob for 8 years they are going to seriously hurt their chances of ever winning a cup. Even if Bryz had a good year I would still buy out his contract, you can’t afford to be on the hook for 8 years at 5.66 Mil a year to this guy. 3) I would trade LA for Bernier. Bernier is the perfect goalie to build this team around. He is the same age as the core of young players on this team. He is a standup goalie and he fits the personality of this team. If the Flyers make these three moves they will be back atop the standings soon.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      Brayden Schenn and his brother Luke are a joke , they gave up the franchise in Carter and Richards to appease that over bearing Dry Island wanna be coach they have in Laviolette is out the door come summer.

      • chrisvegas - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Brayden Schenn is 22 years old, he hasn’t even begun to tap into his potential, same goes with Luke Schenn. Defenseman don’t hit their prime until they are 26-27. You have to be realistic about your expectations for such young hockey players. Now if you want to talk about Richards and Carter then atleast get it right. Carter and Richards brought the Flyers back Voracek, Simmonds, Coult, and Brayden Schenn. In the near future the edge might go to Richards and Carter, but it isn’t like the Flyers didn’t get four good players in return. They are all under 24 years old and will only get better with time. People need patients for young players and have to keep their expectations in check. Not every young player, in fact most don’t, have hall of fame careers their first few years in the NHL. The real problem on the Flyers in the defense and the goaltending. The forwards will improve with age and are going to be great. Bryz stinks and the defense needs to be fixed. That is where the real problem is, not the forwards.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Luke Schenn makes alot of hits and puts himself out of position, he cannot make a first initial pass out of his own zone, he sucked in Toronto and he’s sucked in Philly so far….
        Brayden his sister has had maybe a dozen decent games in his short Flyers career.. he will never amount to Carter or Richards and I’m almost willing to bet that Voracek will come down to earth as well, that guy isnt this good on a regular basis…. .. so yeah.. long run or not they did not make out better …. also your comments point towards Carter and Richards are getting old or something …

  19. maalea - Mar 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I was one of the few people that thought Bryz could rebound this year. What I found is that he will play just good enough to lose the game. If the Flyers score 1 he gives up 2-3 if they score 3, he”ll let up 4. He makes some good saves but never the game changing save.

    I”m still waiting for him to steal a game. He has to go.

    • maalea - Mar 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Oh Yea, what I wouldn”t do to have Bob here.

      Sometimes the best trade is the one you don’t make.

  20. luvusa1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    @bubblehead: Really? You must be new to the sport of hockey, otherwise you would’ve known that no one picked the Flyers to win anything this year. Your username fits you well along with stupid.

  21. pens5829 - Mar 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    “Crosby Sucks!” “Crosby Sucks!” “Crosby Sucks!”

  22. President Charles Logan - Mar 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    This whole notion that if the Flyers still had “Bob and JVR” that this season wouldnt be as bad as it is is a silly notion. JVR couldnt handle all the hype and pressure of being a local product, he played like a girl out there and rarely ever used his size. Also, Russian goalies are not a good fit for that team or city so “Bob” as you refer to him as wouldnt be putting up numbers in Philly like he somehow is in Ohio … who they miss the most is Jagr …

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      You are right

  23. nashernation - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Nasher is a beast! Time to take over the east.

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