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Bryzgalov looks shaky in first AHL start

Nov 15, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

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If you look at the box score alone, it seems like Ilya Bryzgalov might need a little more time to get his feet under him in the AHL.

The 33-year-old allowed five goals on just 24 shots as the Abbotsford Heat beat his Oklahoma City Barons 5-4 on Friday. The Barons carried a 4-3 lead into the third period but couldn’t grab the victory.

Update: the Edmonton Journal’s Jonathan Willis believes that Bryzgalov was only really to blame for one of those five goals allowed, so there’s a bright side.

Occasional NHLer Ben Street was the Heat member who befuddled Bryzgalov the most, as he had a hat trick tonight.

It’s understandable that Bryzgalov might be a little rusty.┬áHe hasn’t played since holding the New York Islanders to one goal on April 25.

Even so, the desperate Oilers probably hope he’ll find his form soon.

  1. mcphillthy - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Same ol Bryz…. Glad to see it

  2. bencia823 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    still better than Dubnyk

    • joey4id - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      how so?

  3. mp1131211 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    Anyway you guys could stop writing about Bryz? Or at least use a different picture?

    • pxland - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Why you heff to be jerk?

  4. bobc74 - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Not too surprising that Bryz was befuddled by a former member of the Penguins organization.

  5. mclovinhockey - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Well… He needs a good D in front of him… He has the AHL D corps of the worst NHL D in the league.
    (Just another excuse to defend him)

    • joey4id - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      put he had great d on philly as many said we saw in Pitt last game in Pitt.

      • joey4id - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        *but

    • mcphillthy - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Either way it just shows that he sucks. He is only decent if his team has a great defense. Lol. I can’t believe Edmonton was desperate enough to sign this guy. Just wait until he starts throwing hissy fits and blames the whole team for why he gave up soft goal after soft goal.

  6. mcphillthy - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Either way it just shows that he sucks. He is only decent if his team has a great defense. Lol. I can’t believe Edmonton was desperate enough to sign this guy. Just wait until he starts throwing hissy fits and blames the whole team for why he gave up soft goal after soft goal.

  7. proudliberal85392 - Nov 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Some things never change.

  8. orolov - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    As someone who was actually at the game, I want to say that Bryz looked decent after the first period.

    During that first period (which ended at 1-1 by the way) Bryz was obviously rusty and look more like a robot without lube in his joints. It was actually painful to watch. But, the Barons defense saved him.

    After the first intermission, it looked like Bryz had warmed up and was going to be fairly solid. The Heat even took a few shots at his five hole, but to no avail. The difference in the game was the rest of the Barons. They started looking like the stiff robots. There was no drive. They didn’t finish their checks. The Heat simply skated laps around them. There were so many rookie mistakes made that even “Farmer Joe” sitting in front of me was yelling at the players.

    In the end this game should have been 12-4 for the Heat. Bryzgalov saved their dignity that night. Whether or not he can do it again (maybe with a better result) remains to be seen.

  9. barkar942 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    He is worried that comet ISON won’t make it around the sun in it’s trip through our humongous solar system. That would distract any space cadet.

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