The Universe is hard to figure out

Updated: January 1, 2012, 7:25 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- And so the existential $51 million goaltender they call "Universe" will view the Winter Classic from the end of the Philadelphia Flyers' bench, thermos of hot tea close at hand.

"I have a great news and even better news. OK, great news I'm not playing tomorrow night and good news we have a chance to win the game tomorrow," a self-deprecating Ilya Bryzgalov told reporters after the Flyers skated at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday morning in advance of Monday's Winter Classic ...

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