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Ducks spoil Bryzgalov’s return, win fifth in a row

Dec 15, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov returned to action on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Edmonton Oilers back on a winning track or end the Anaheim Ducks’ surge. The Ducks won their fifth in a row by beating the Oilers 3-2 tonight.

Even so, it wasn’t all bad for Bryzgalov or his team.

“There were lots of positives for us tonight,” Bryzgalov said. “It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to get a win.”

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins agrees.

“I can’t find a lot wrong with our game tonight. I thought our guys played excellent right to the end,” Eakins said. “It’s one of those nights where you feel like you deserved a point, if not both.”

They didn’t get a point for their third consecutive game, however.

The contest wasn’t without incident, as defenseman Corey Potter received a match penalty for checking Nick Bonino from behind. Here’s a GIF of the hit, via Prime Ticket by way of The Score:

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The Ducks are keeping within a stride of first place, as they’re just one win shy of tying the Chicago Blackhawks.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Oilers remain the third worst team in the NHL and the worst in the West.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    The gif makes it look like Potter jumps into the boards.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    The Ducks don’t seem to want to lose this season. (That’s bad for me since I’m a Kings’ fan.)

    As interesting/controversial a person as Bryz is, I hope he succeeds in the NHL.

    • flash8910 - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I wish Bryz the best, too. I will always have fond memories of him as a Duck.

      He got the bum rush out of Phil. Looking at the Flyers now, it’s obvious that he was made a scapegoat. They are not better off without him.

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      flash8910 –

      The Flyers seem to be going through some identity crisis at the moment, and they are without direction.

      Re: Bryz & the Flyers – at least the Flyers now have Ray “Boom-Boom” Emery. Trade one character for another. I think they were better off with Bryz.

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I am an idiot. I meant to say Bonino. Thats what I get for going on PHT before i drink coffee..

    • patthehockeyfan - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      I started to reply to your first comment earlier, sjsharks66, because I thought that’s what you wrote. (Seems the both of us need a coffee.)

      While I think I see what you mean, it seems to me as if Bonino threw out his arms so that he didn’t go into the boards headfirst.

      P.S. You’re not an idiot.

  4. sjsharks66 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I can see that. I think I need to see the video sometime today. :)

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