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Curious decision? Bryz starts over Mason for Flyers

Apr 18, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov will be back in Philadelphia’s goal tonight when the Flyers host the Devils.

The decision by coach Peter Laviolette to start Bryzgalov over Steve Mason is somewhat interesting given Mason was named the first star in Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Rangers.

Mason stopped 38 of New York’s 40 shots that night, outplaying last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Henrik Lundqvist.

“We just couldn’t solve Mason,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said.

Granted, Bryzgalov also won his last start, a 7-3 victory over the Canadiens on Monday.

“Both of our goaltenders have played real well lately, I think,” Laviolette said, per

Philadelphia has five games left in a season that will all but certainly end without a playoff appearance.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    With my favorite team not playing tonight I was looking forward to watching Mason play tonight to see what he’s going to bring to the table for the flyers going forward. I don’t understand why you play bryz tonight when the playoffs are basically out of reach, and bryz has been overworked already this season. Any flyer fans out there give me a explanation?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      This is totally the right call tonight he is your number one for now and are still in the playoff race ! You are technically not eliminated and must approach it as such hence the call to Bryz ! See you in the first round you just may get your wish “going forward “seeing Mason in the first round you stupid yinzer !

      • kingjoffrey19 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        don’t know what planet you are living on. flyers are starting to look forward to the draft, and increase their lottery pick. bryzgalov gives them the best chance to do that

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        The flyers will make the playoffs this year in the last game in the last shootout on the last save rocketing them into a first round matchup with the Pens ! They will proceed to knock the Pens out for the second straight year then lose in the next round and it will be awesome !

      • bobhpine - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        Sadly there will be no chance to further embarrass the Philadelphia 75ers this season.

        Weird how the Pens just keep winning though, right?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

        The Flyers had 113 pts in 75 the Pens 89 Bobby Clarke won the MVP and eventually won the Stanley Cup ! Since 1967 til presant there has only been one team with more Stanley Cup final appearances than the Flyers that would be the Montreal Canadiens

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        the 75ers!! lol thats a good one

      • cheesesteak75 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Flyers have no chance at the playoffs! They should play for the draft pick.

      • crosberries - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        Eiggles is the same guy who says he witnessed the last cup yet doesn’t know the difference between passed and past. Let me give you a lesson and use them in sentence. “The flyers used to win Stanley cups but now that’s a thing of the past”. Ok now for the second “in the playoffs last year bryzgalov passed the puck off clarkson and into his own net”. Get it?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        Let me know if Iam using past and passed correctly here !

        In the Penguins PAST the Penguins were bankrupt and when the players went to the bank to cash their game checks the tellers passed gas and laughed their ass off

      • crosberries - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        “Penguins past the penguins” is pretty redundant durp. Someday you’ll get it durp. Does it make it easier to read for you if I keep adding the durp. Durp.

      • crosberries - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:47 PM

        Eiggles do me a favor and look up fetal alcohol syndrome. Let me stop you before you write some “your mother” joke. Please try something original I’d love to hear it!!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Your a WEIRDO !

      • crosberries - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Haha I love how you always thumbs up your comment after you type it!!! Your hilarious. Durp!!!

      • cityofthechamps - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        HAHAHAHAHAH Flyers Suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 0% chance at making the playoffs now. All this “see you in the first round” crap is finally over

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:12 AM

        Wow you gotta lot of balls now coward ! See you in the first round !

      • DonkeyStick - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        This dude makes Flyers fans look really dumb. He’s almost 50 years old telling “your mom” jokes. Pathetic.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:13 AM

        Your a very strange dude

  2. dockeyhog - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    The fact of the matter is that the Flyers need to lose tonight. They need to lose to gain the best percentage rate possible in the upcoming lottery. Beating the Devils will not help their cause but it will help the Devils. Honestly, Bryz gives them a better chance of losing. They are letting him seal his own fate by playing. It’s a no win situation for Bryz because he will either win against a seriously struggling Devils team, big deal, or lose the game to a seriously struggling Devils team there by making it that much more appealing to buy him out.

  3. President Charles Logan - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    The words “Bryzgalov” and “played real well” never belong in the same sentence . So they win a couple non pressure meaningless games when it’s too late in the season.. anyone can do that when you are playing for nothing .

    • flyers22 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      I thought I told u off the last time you know nothing about hockey let alone the flyers stop commenting on here turd boy

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        get in the kitchen biatch and make me a sammich

      • tuberippin - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Bryzgalov is a mediocre goalie without a solid defense, and the Flyers’ defense is garbage. Learn to analyze your favorite hockey team objectively instead of subjectively, stupid.

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    So the flyers playing their starter is them trying to tank?

    • cheesesteak75 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Maybe not tank, but he isn’t the best option for a win.

  5. buysamadrink - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Bryzgalov and Mason… What an embarrassment of riches. Well, maybe that’s half right…

  6. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Laviolette has the same low standards as the loser fans. Played really well? Haha. Let’s hear those regular season statistics again from one of you losers since that whole 1975 thing means you haven’t won a cup in forever.

    God bless Bryz. I hope he plays out that contract in Philthy.

    • sizzle299 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      yawn. The only interesting thing about your tired sad comments is that you get a sense of worth and gamesmanship in being an ignorant tool on these boards and nowhere else in your sad lonely life. That must be really difficult for you.

  7. ml3939 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Bobhpiningforattention polluting the internet with his brand of idiocy yet again.

  8. delsj - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    If they throw in the towel on Bryz & go with Mason the rest of the way, it seals the deal that they have to amnesty Bryz this summer. The Flyers want to keep him until summer 2014 when the buyout will be much cheaper, so they will keep up this facade and won’t turn things over to Mason until the fall.

  9. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:55 PM


    It was only a matter of time wasn’t it? Bragging about Stanley Cup finals appearances is just so precious.

    I mean, can you imagine the good people of Buffalo bragging about those Super Bowl appearances in the 1990s?

    No. No one can. Because they lost.

    Philthy fans aren’t quite as smart. They think being 0-6 in the finals since 1975 is cool. It’s almost as pathetic as comparing the balance sheets of NHL franchises. People who can’t even afford to go to these hockey games are suddenly finance wizards/bankruptcy experts.

    Actually they probably are well acquainted with personal bankruptcy.

    Looks like the Devils knocked you tools back to the 12th.

    1975. Lose on losers.

  10. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Hey eiggles…YOUR team lost again which means YOU’RE not going to have anything to do but hate on YOUR least favorite team (#1 seeded Pittsburgh).

    YOU’RE going to have a long spring in YOUR mom’s basement…

    You are stupid by the way.

  11. bobhpine - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Wow I thought Devils were pathetic. They were able to gain some good confidence tonight against the Flyers.

    GREAT leadership by da bess player in da worl Claude Giroux. Everything you want out of a captain. Invisible play, no scoring, no hitting, no sign that he cares, dopey look on his face, vacant eyes.

    It has been a full calendar year since the first round of the playoffs against the Pens when Giroux was anointed the best in the world. Take a look at the stats since. At this rate Giroux might catch Crosby by June and the Flyers might win as many games as the Pens have now if they had a full 82 game season..

    How long before the Philadelphia 75ers fans stop bringing up last year’s playoffs? These people are delusional so I am guessing it will be awhile. I mean, they think Steve Mason will save them. Hahahaha. That’s good stuff. Good thing they locked up Timonen and Rinaldo though. That was key.

    The Philly 75ers are always good for a laugh. The offseason is just around the corner girls, the pain will end soon.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      It’s amazing how proud you are of yourself for coming up with the “Philadelphia 75ers” nickname. You are so much smarter than the entire population of Philly and clearly far more wealthy as you, so often, feel the need to remind us. It must be a sad, sad existence when the only thing that brings you joy is parading your own personal “success” and berating Flyers fans from behind a computer screen. But you’re on such an advanced level, so far above us peons, that I can’t claim to understand your motives. Just once, however, one single time, I’d love to see you actually make legitimate hockey points instead of simply insulting a City you know nothing about or bragging about how amazing it is to be Bobhpine. Is it because everyone you meet in real life immediately realizes that you’re an unbelievable douche that you feel the incessant, compulsive need to come on here and tell the cyber world how amazing you are? I’m sure that factors greatly into your constant unprovoked attacks. Are you that insecure that you MUST constantly disparage those who you see as inferior, although deep down know they’re not? I understand you don’t know that much about hockey, seeing that you just got into the sport when you realized the Penguins success was another thing you could flaunt as your own, but please attempt to talk about the actual sport sometime. I know that’s asking a lot on a site called PRO HOCKEY TALK.

    • tuberippin - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      You’re calling the Devils and Flyers pathetic? Dude, you commented (with poor trolling technique, I might add) on four separate occasions in the same night. 6:14 PM, 9:55 PM, 10:53 PM, and 11:09 PM.

      Seriously…either learn to troll well, or get a f**king hobby. This is not only toxic to positive, meaningful discourse about hockey, but it’s also just sad to see.

  12. jimw81 - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Tonight or last home game vs. Fishy sticks will be Bryzgalov curtain call. Alot of questions need to answered in offseason. Tonight was prime example of why Laviolette needs to go. Made zero adjustments. it looked like the playoff series against devils.

    i love how bobhpine and his bandwagon pens groupies are jumping on the flyers while they should be worried about their team going into the playoffs. that team is marked for a first or second rd upset. I think islanders can beat them.

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