Ilya Bryzgalov Shutout
March 10, 2012 by staff
Ilya Bryzgalov Shutout, There was no mistaking this chant was supportive. Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves to record his second shutout in three games and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 5-0 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.
Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr and Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.
Bryzgalov has finally played like the goalie the Flyers expected when they gave him a $51 million, nine-year contract. After struggling much of the season, he’s 7-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average while making 10 straight starts.
Fans who booed him just last month at the Wells Fargo Center chanted “Bryz! Bryz! Bryz!” in the third period.
“It’s very nice and very kind from them,” Bryzgalov said. “From hating to love in one step and the same in the other direction.”
In a 5-4 win at Winnipeg on Feb. 21, Jets fans derisively chanted Bryzgalov’s name. He joked afterward that they were cheering for him, though some radio talk show-hosts in Philadelphia criticized Bryzgalov for misunderstanding the crowd’s intention.
“I thought we were in Winnipeg,” Hartnell said with a smile. “We always were behind Bryz in our dressing room. He’s obviously winning some fans now. His confidence is growing and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Bryz yet.”
The victory moved the Flyers within two points of fourth-place Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference.
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