Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/08/14 at 11:12 AM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
For the record, Ilya Bryzgalov is now 4-0-1 since we wrote that the Minnesota Wild would have the worst goaltending in the Western Conference going into the playoffs, and maybe the worst goaltending of all 16 playoff teams regardless of the final grid.
We're not necessarily backing off that suggestion -- rookie Darcy Kuemper is an untested element and slumped before being sidelined by an injury, and we have seen Bryzgalov up close in the playoffs and let's just say the results were not sterling.
Still, kudos to Bryzgalov for stepping into the breach and delivering the kind of starts many believed were beyond him. His current streak includes back-to-back shutouts, including a 1-0 blanking of Winnipeg on Monday in which he stopped 24 shots. Bryzgalov has allowed just five goals in this five-game span that has seen the Wild all but lock up the first wild card spot in the Western Conference.
read on for Custance on John Gibson and the Ducks, LeBrun on the Canucks and Strang on the Devils...
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