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Red-hot Avs chase Bryzgalov in second period

Apr 19, 2014, 11:19 PM EDT

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There are probably situations in between, but you can generalize that a goalie gets pulled for one of two reasons: a) he’s allowing goals because he isn’t playing well or b) he’s allowing goals because his team isn’t playing well.

Again, maybe it’s a mixture of the two, but the general vibe was that the Minnesota Wild hung Ilya Bryzgalov out to dry against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 on Saturday. Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 14 shots in a shade less than 32 minutes of game time.

Take a look at that trio of goals by Colorado and determine how much blame Breezy deserves. (Darcy Kuemper came in relief for Bryzgalov, by the way.)

Really, though, when you consider that Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny collected points on all three goals while Gabriel Landeskog scored two of them, maybe we should provide c) the other team is just that dangerous.

  1. 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    You could’ve had Marty!

    But the same geniuses that paid $98,000,000 for Zilch PaZero, also kept Backstroke and picked up Dizzy Bryzzy just in time for the playoffs? LOLOL.

    Somebody in Minnesota needs to be on the unemployment line ASAP.

  2. billiam55 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:32 PM


  3. greej1938l - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Terrible decision by Yeo. 3rd goal was in no way on the goalie

  4. 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Darcy Kuemper should start each game from here on out. He’s a better chance to win than Humongous Big Choker.

    • clarke16 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      More flaky Viqueen’s fans in the off-season, I see…

  5. 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    In the playoffs it’s not about who’s fault it is. It’s about winning. Goalies have to be super heros. All of them!

  6. Professor Fate - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    That Landeskog, Stastny, MacKinnon line is a lot of fun to watch. MacKinnon breaks down the D with his speedy moves and sets up his linemates. On the other end Varlamov has been excellent.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Mac has 6 points in his first 5 periods of playoff action. I’m impressed!! I wonder what he’ll be like when he grows up!

  7. 950003cups - Apr 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Pominville just got robbed!!!

  8. vstar1us - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    My Wild team could not beat anyone at this point! How can you expect crap to go well when you just dump the puck in. Just watch Colorado they skate it in and effortlessly clear their on zone. Yeo looks very uncomfortable, we can’t even clear our own blue line.
    No matter what see you Monday at the game….

  9. 950003cups - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Varlomov is looking great. Minnesota is looking like a multi-million dollar Madoff investment.

    Zilch Parise living up to his usual playoff style.

  10. clarke16 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Bryz wasn’t pulled because he was playing poorly. He was pulled to try to break the momentum in the Av’s favor. No goalie would have stopped that last one. The Wild D is being exposed in these two games…

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