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by Paul on 12/26/11 at 11:11 AM ET
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
(Ilya) Bryzgalov, 31, has had some very good stretches, but he has been much too inconsistent for someone of his pedigree.
Overall, he has a 2.92 goals-against average (34th in the NHL) and .895 save percentage (41st). He has struggled at home, where he is 6-5-1 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .882 save percentage. In games against the East’s top two teams, the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, he is 1-2 with a 4.14 GAA and .851 save percentage.
The Flyers did not give him a nine-year, $51-million contract because they expected those numbers.
Bryzgalov is coming off Friday’s 4-2 loss against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Two of the goals he allowed were on deflections and another was on a breakaway.
“I don’t know what to do, guys,” Bryzgalov said after the game. “Maybe we should play tighter defense and box out the guys.”
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