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The Below Average Bryzgalov

from Rory Barrs of the National Post,

After a 4-3-overtime loss to New Jersey on Thursday, and now in a 2-1 hole in its Eastern Conference semi-final series, Philadelphia looks deep in the red on its Bryzgalov gamble.

• Bryzgalov has allowed 31 goals in nine playoff games, the most by any goalie in the playoffs, and more than twice as many as Los Angeles’ impenetrable fortress known as Jonathan Quick (13).

• His 3.54 goals-against average is abysmal, and more than a goal-per-game worse than the nearest comparison still alive in the playoffs, St. Louis’ Brian Elliot (2.43).

• Despite facing a reasonable average of 28.2 shots per playoff game, Bryzgalov owns a .878 save percentage, lowest among his second-round peers.


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mrfluffy's avatar

Bryz has never proven himself in the playoffs. Obviously no one besides Detroit fans and media watched the last two Detroit-Phoenix series.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 05/04/12 at 03:18 PM ET


Yeah. I continue to be amazed that people still consider Bryz an elite level goaltender. I’ve found his play this entire season to be totally expected.

Posted by godblender on 05/04/12 at 03:56 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It was easy to overlook Bryzgalov’s faults last series when Fleury was stinking up the ice.  By comparison Bryzgalov seemed decent.

Posted by Primis on 05/04/12 at 04:05 PM ET

TKShreve's avatar

He’s a regular season acrobat. But when it matters….....

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 05/04/12 at 05:33 PM ET

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