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‘It was great': Bryzgalov posts 33-save shutout in first Oilers start

Nov 28, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s first start for Edmonton couldn’t have gone much better.

The Russian netminder kicked out all 33 shots faced on Thursday night as the Oilers beat the Preds 3-0 in Nashville, earning both his first win and first shutout since joining the Oilers earlier this month.

“It was great,” Bryzgalov said after the game. “Shutouts are always fun.”

The 33-year-old, bought out his nine-year, $51 million with Philly deal in July, stopped 13 shots in the first period and 10 in the second and third. The win came after he made his Oilers debut midweek in relief of Devan Dubnyk during a 5-1 loss to Chicago, in which he stopped 12 of 13 shots — so, all told, Bryzgalov has now surrendered just one marker on 46 shots since joining Edmonton, good for a .978 save percentage.

“Check-marks across the board for him tonight,” head coach Dallas Eakins said. “[Bryzgalov] did a great job.”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle scored the goals against Nashville, with Eberle and Hall also chipping in with assists.

With the victory, Edmonton has now won four of five.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Nov 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    The Universe!

  2. lowenni - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    That’s so awesome. Crazy guy, but that’s such a feel-good story for him to come back and post a shutout in his first start (playing behind an atrocious defense). Here’s to hoping his season with Edmonton is humangous big!

  3. shamu1the1whale - Nov 29, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Great job, Bryz!

  4. c9castine - Nov 29, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    uh huh. wheres all the people that have been trying to convince me this guys a waste.

    • ryanrockzzz - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Hey, even a blind man finds a dollar floating in the air every now and then

    • cheesesteak75 - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Give him some time. Just wait until he sees a bear!

  5. bigtganks - Nov 29, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    It’s only game… Why you heff to be med?!?

    Lol

  6. operwapitsai - Nov 29, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    as a caps fan, I have also always been a fan of bryz. keep it goin man!

  7. sabresfanallday - Nov 29, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    I love it why you heff to be mad

  8. icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    It’s not surprising. People forgot that Bryz actually has talent. Well done sir, Philosopher of Puck.

  9. kastout11 - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I am a long-time Flyers fan and could not be happier for Bryzy. If people could remember, while in a small market in Phoenix, he was a pretty successful goaltender, which earned him that big contract with Philly. He just could not handle the pressure of that city and their recent history of non-winning goaltenders. I think he will do well in Edmonton, and I will be cheering or him, even though he is a little off.

  10. joey4id - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    His problems were not attributed to lack of talent, but more so between the ears. If he stays humble and focused on hockey as opposed to playing a persona he is not, then he should have a couple of years left in him.

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