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An Up And Down Start For Bryzgalov

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

In the season’s first seven weeks, Bryzgalov - the chatty, likeable Russian whom the Flyers presented with a nine-year, $51 million deal in the off-season - has been an enigma.

Bryzgalov, 31, has shown signs of dominance. Witness the six-game span in which he went 5-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average.

He has also shown signs of being easily distracted. He appeared to lose focus early in the season and labored through a four-game losing streak in which his goals-against average was 5.05 and his save percentage was .802. That left him exasperated, saying he was “lost in the woods” and had “zero confidence.”

That was followed by the aforementioned six games of excellence, which seemed to suggest that his swagger had returned.

But that was followed by a pair of lackluster efforts as he allowed seven goals over four periods - and was pulled after the opening stanza against the Islanders on Wednesday.

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