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Bryzgalov gets second straight start for Wild

Mar 20, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Ilya Bryzgalov will be back in Minnesota’s net tonight in New Jersey, two days after shutting out the Islanders, 6-0.

“When a goalie has a shutout we like to come back with him,” Wild coach Mike Yeo said, per “I just thought he was very good in that game, especially early in the game. All game long he had a very calming presence in the net and he looked big. We want to give him a chance to get back at it and see if he can continue that.”

Bryzgalov stopped all 36 shots he faced in New York, upping his save percentage to a respectable .913. If he continues to play well, it’s possible he sees action in the playoffs, though rookie Darcy Kuemper probably remains the current favorite to start.

Bryzgalov was traded to Minnesota from Edmonton prior to the deadline. In two appearances for the Wild, he’s allowed just two goals on 58 shots.

  1. rainyday56 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    universe is humoungous big …. puhlenty of chances for fuhlakey goalie to puhlay …

    • clarke16 - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      …try not to speak while you’re tokin’ on a fatty, son…

    • flyboystransport - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM


  2. getadealdonealready - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    He earned this chance with his play on tuesday, hope he has another good game in him, plus giving Kuemper a much needed rest.

  3. guitarisgood4u - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    You know those “in praise of” articles?
    If Bryzgalov/Kuemper keep up the good play, I think Bob Mason (goalie coach for the Wild) deserves some praise.

    • ignath - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Bob Mason has deserved praise for a long time now. Minnesota has always had a fairly decent presence in net. Never a “big name”, just someone who could do the job and do it well. Have had that since Manny Fernandez days.

  4. 950003cups - Mar 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM


  5. lbeezyse - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    The guy deserves it for his very strong outings against both STL and NYI. As zany as he is, I would like very much if he approached 95% of his old Veinza winning ways. I think the talent is there he was just behind a crappy defensive Philly and EDM team.

    • jo94past - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Bryz has had some good success in the past with Anaheim and Phoenix, so I don’t know why people question if he can step up and display some good goaltending performances. Plus, like you said, not so easy to play behind leaky defensive teams like Edmonton and Philly.

      • 950003cups - Mar 20, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Was it bad defense that made Dizzy Bryzzy shoot the game winning goal in to his own net in a playoff series clinching game?

  6. credible316 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I know he just shut out the worst team in the league but Jerseys chances just raised a little.

  7. jo94past - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Kind of saw this coming. Bryz is coming off a good performance in NY the other night. Plus, I don’t know if it’s just me, but Kuemper has looked a little out of sync the past week or so. Hopefully, he can rebound by getting some rest.

  8. flyerfan2083 - Mar 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    While Philly’s defense certainly weren’t world beaters, they can’t be blamed for Bryzgalov’s inability to stop pucks during his tenure as a Flyer. I say this because if you actually watched Bryzgalov play in Philly, he had a tendency to let in way too many soft goals…..usually at crucial points in games, that would deflate the entire team. Goals like kill any team, but it became a regular occurrence for Bryzgalov… I can’t count how many times an unscreened, soft wrist shot from the point/top of the circle would get through him….

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