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The Bryz Bounceback

The Bryz Bounceback

The Bryz Bounceback

Monday night in Toronto, Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Ilya Bryzgalov early from a game for the sixth time in the goalie´s Flyers career. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press/AP)
Monday night in Toronto, Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Ilya Bryzgalov early from a game for the sixth time in the goalie's Flyers career. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press/AP)

Monday night in Toronto, Peter Laviolette pulled goalie Ilya Bryzgalov early from a game for the sixth time in the goalie's Flyers career. Thanks to Daily News' Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli, who points out how well he has responded to those. In his next start (all on the road) following each of those six pulls, Bryz is 5-0-1 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage (*left with injury; **playoff game):

 

 BRYZGALOV PULLED EARLY
            BRYZGALOV NEXT START
 Date  Opp.    Time    G    Sh  Date  Opp.    Time    G    Sh
 11/23/11  @NYI 
   20:00 
   3 
     9  12/2/11  @Ana    63:29    3 
   22 
 12/10/11* 
 TB    46:45    2    16 
 12/13/11 
 @Wsh 
   59:52 
   1    32
 12/17/11  Bst    27:06    5    20  12/19/11  @Colo    64:40    2    27
 2/18/12  Pit    36:57    3    13  2/21/12  @Wpg    63:16    4    26
 4/18/12**  Pit    23:07    5    18
 4/20/12  @Pit    58:33    3    23
 2/11/13  @Tor    26:15    4    14  2/12/13  @Wpg    60:00    2    26
 Totals    180:10  22    90
 Totals    369:50  15  156
 W-L: 1-3 / GAA: 7.33 / SvPct: .756
 W-L: 5-0-1 / GAA: 2.43 / SvPct: .904
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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