Bryzgalov locking in for stretch run
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- On Tuesday, when chatting about his goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren started listing all the challenges Bryzgalov faced when he made the transition from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Flyers. Besides the pressure that comes with a giant new contract, Holmgren mentioned the huge adjustment of joining a new team. He pointed out that Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell didn't just jump in seamlessly to wild success in Philadelphia.
"Scotty Hartnell went 19 games before scoring a goal when he came from Nashville to the Flyers," Holmgren said.
There's infinitely more scrutiny that comes with being the goalie of the Flyers compared to the goalie in Phoenix. And then there's the history. Through no fault of his own, Bryzgalov has to deal with the history of goaltending failures in that city.
"It seems to be Philadelphia and goaltending seems to be written about a lot," Holmgren said. "I don't know if we talk about it as much as it's written about."
On Tuesday night, Bryzgalov won again. And again, it was a shutout -- his third in a row. His shutout streak is at 196:13, and he's doing it at a time when his team needs him most, with injuries depleting the Philadelphia defense.
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