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Bryzgalov hopes for Tretiak-like impact

Updated: September 3, 2004, 1:21 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

It may not be on a par with Vladislav Tretiak's emergence from the Russian hockey wilderness to stun Team Canada and the rest of the hockey world in 1972. But for pure drama, a young Russian goaltender named Ilya Bryzgalov stands at the ready, hoping to write his way into international hockey lore.

The prevailing wisdom is that the Russian entry in the World Cup of Hockey is ready to spontaneously combust at any one of a dozen pressure points. Defections, injuries, crisis of confidence in ...

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