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Bryzgalov grabs Oilers a point, but Flyers win in shootout

Dec 29, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov kept the Edmonton Oilers in the game on Saturday, but he couldn’t beat his old team, as the Philadelphia Flyers managed a 4-3 shootout win.

(The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi points out that shootouts haven’t been a strong point for Bryzgalov, so some might find this fitting.)

The Oilers didn’t play coy about Bryzgalov salvaging a point from the game.

“We were basically hanging on by a thread in the second period,” Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said. “I thought Bryz held us in the game.”

“He got us a point tonight,” Jordan Eberle said of Bryzgalov, according to Carchidi.

The 33-year-old stopped 35 out of 38 shots while Steve Mason got the win despite only making 13 out of 16 saves. Edmonton saw a two-game winning streak end while Philly is now on a two-game winning streak of its own.

Rather than blaming a netminder under the microscope, the Oilers can blame being out-played, giving up a 2-0 lead and failing on the penalty kill.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall gave Edmonton that 2-0 cushion, but two Wayne Simmonds power-play goals tied it up in the second period. The two teams then traded another power-play tally each to send it into overtime.

Ultimately, the game got to the shootout, with the Flyers scoring twice and Edmonton beating Mason once. Barring a wildly unlikely Stanley Cup Final or a trade, Breezy won’t face Philly again this season.

At least he made it count, though, even if he didn’t win.

  1. flyerspsu - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Bryz played well, but he also looked shaky throughout the game and had a few of his vintage openly displeased moments with one being throwing his stick 10 ft in the air after the tying goal

    as well as he played, the game reminded me how much of a cancer the guy is in addition to him being clearly not as good as his contract warranted in Philly

    good riddance Bryz

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      The CBC guys were baffled as to why a guy would toss his stick like that with the game not being over. They finally settled on it just being who Bryz is. Guy is entertaining as long as he is on any team but yours.

  2. hockeyfan28 - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Bryz is a good goalie but he is not a 9 year 51 million dollar goalie maybe only no.30 in New York is worth that kinda cash but all that being said Edmonton may have gotten a great deal in that this is it for him if he doesn’t produce he knows this is the end but on the Flyers hey comeback from 2-0 down on the road and Scottie Hartnell scored the tying goal it was a good night

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Dec 29, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    About 3/4 of the way into the third period I was like just get it to a shootout he can’t stop nobody on a breakaway ! The flyers never win in shootouts but last night they did !

  4. mcphillthy - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    It’s so nice when bryz is in net for the other team. Good riddance.

  5. steelers88 - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    This is the problem with young teams like the Oilers they just don’t know how to protect leads and close out games that they are winning. When they learn that they will become a playoff contender.

  6. zta7991 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    I know this article focuses more on bryz but I just want to say I wasn’t sold on raffl but since being put on top line I am starting to believe

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