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The Ilya Bryzgalov Mystery

Updated: May 2, 2012, 4:53 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

To the list of famous puzzles like Zeno's Paradox and the Prisoners' Dilemma we can now add the Bryzgalov Mystery: How is it possible for any goalie to be so good and still lose? Or to be so bad and yet win?

Tuesday night's Flyers-Devils game was Ilya Bryzgalov's untidy season in miniature: a brilliant mess, an expensive oddball thought-experiment on the persistent unfairness of fairness, and a jittery meditation on uncertainty.

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