KANATA, Ont. – The Flyers will start Ilya Bryzgalov for the second consecutive day and the third time in four days. Considering the workload, the decision is a mild surprise.
“I think he’s earned the start,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “He played extremely well for us last night.”
Bryzgalov saved 35 of 37 shots in three periods and overtime yesterday in a 3-2 win over the Senators, who the Flyers face today in the second part of a home-and-home. In Thursday’s 5-4 win over Chicago, Bryzgalov saved 30 of 34 shots. He did not play for a week before starting on Thursday.
**Yesterday’s overtime game was particularly intense, including a fight between Daniel Briere and Kyle Turris. Asked if he normally sees the intensity spill over from one game to the next in back-to-back situations, Laviolette said to check back after the game.
“I’m not sure how the game’s going to play out,” Laviolette said. “I know they’re going to be hungry to win, we need to be hungry to win as well.”
Outside the Flyers locker room before the game, Briere was shown the cover of this morning’s Ottawa Sun, which had a picture of the fight with “Round 2” in bold letters.
**Laviolette is not concerned about the Flyers’ legs today before their third game in fourth days because the Senators are also playing back-to-back games. He said he would feel different if the Flyers played in Toronto last night and had the Senators waiting for them. Because both teams are dealing with the same situation and the same travel, Laviolette did not consider fatigue an issue.
“We rolled four lines and have gotten a lot of guys on the ice,” Laviolette said. “Giroux played a lot of minutes, but some of their top guys played a lot of minutes as well. I think’s the one thing that brings everything to an equal standstill, is that they had to everything that we had to do. Sometimes you have a team waiting for you fresh, so I don’t see an advantage one way or the other based on who’s fresh.”