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Bryzgalov replaces Kuemper in Wild net late in third period

May 1, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov‘s been in some tough spots this season,* from being without an NHL gig to meeting two new sets of teammates. Wednesday presented maybe the toughest one yet: replacing Darcy Kuemper in the Minnesota Wild’s net with a bit more than eight minutes remaining in Game 7.

The margin of error couldn’t be much smaller: the Colorado Avalanche lead 4-3 with precious little time, so any goals allowed could very well stunt a comeback attempt.

Kuemper may want a goal or two back – particularly Erik Johnson‘s tally – but the belief is that his health challenges might have gotten the best of him.

We’ll see if the Wild can tie things up to give Bryzgalov a real chance to put his own stamp on this game (and series).

* – Waits for “in Edmonton” jokes …

  1. hardkor07mn - May 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Did he not watch Fluery? Keep your a$$ in the net and this doesn’t happen

  2. rgledz - May 1, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Stay classy Colorado……way to cheer as an injured Kuemper leaves the ice.

    • drdoomkaiser - May 1, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      I think they were cheering because the avalanche scored a goal…

  3. rgledz - May 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Spurgeon ties it! Let’s see too what length the refs go to F the Wild in OT.

  4. vstar1us - May 1, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Wow,wow,wow,wow,wow,wow,wow,wow,wow,……………….

  5. jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    The NBC commentators accused Kuemper of playing it up but his neck went funny and he was ‘shaking it off’. Concussions don’t always happen on huge hits. I had a bad feeling as soon as it happened.

  6. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 1, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    WTB no excuses at this point, it’s next goal wins, loser goes home. Doesn’t matter what happened up to this point.

    Unless of course someone gets screwed in OT, let’s hope not

  7. lbeezyse - May 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Gooooaaaallllll!!! How about them Wild! Hell of a series Avs. Hats off to tour team

    • jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      That was the most beautiful ping.

    • clarke16 - May 1, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Another fine game by Heater. Another good call by Yeo…

  8. jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  9. comeonnowguys - May 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Wow. So that just happened.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      And it was GLORIOUSSSSSSSSSSS

  10. justintimezone - May 1, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Avs’ motto, #whynotus? Wild’s motto, #cuzofus!

  11. comeonnowguys - May 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    So long, Colorado, and thanks for home ice.

    And all the fish.

  12. whiteoutavalanche - May 1, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    damn. that sucks for us Avs fans, but great game and series for the Wild….

    • strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      Shot were fired both ways, but good luck to the avs, awesome series

      • whiteoutavalanche - May 1, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        I am now pulling for the Wild…ughhhhh….. tough one for the young guys…

        Need some more at the blue line but this team will be good for years, and so will the Wild.

        Who cares about the Red Wings anymore

  13. drewzducks - May 1, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Varmalov’s girlfriend may want to skip town for a while.

    • strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      zinnggggg, love it

  14. comeonnowguys - May 1, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    BTW, the two Central series has had 8 of the 14 OT games so far. It’s going to brutal next year.

  15. stevosupremo89 - May 1, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    As a Devils fan I don’t care who you are, Varly can’t let in 5 in a game 7 #askLundquist or #Quick tonight

    • clarke16 - May 1, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      Varley was shaky all night–I had the feeling… :)

  16. clarke16 - May 1, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Cal Clutterbuck straight up for Nino Niederreiter. Chuck Fletcher shoots…HE SCORES!!!!

    • strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 12:56 AM

      boomshakalaka, el nino is a force out there

  17. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 1, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Let’s not forget to take a moment and LOL at Garth Snow

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