Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is claiming to have a short memory. The day after being pulled from goal in the second period of Thursday’s 5-4 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, Bryzgalov had a simple message after Friday’s short but intense practice.
When asked if he were upset at being pulled with 4 minutes and 13 seconds left in the second period after Pittsburgh’s Tyler Kennedy tied the score at 4, Bryzgalov wasn’t totally clear. He did say how frustrating it was to squander a 4-1 lead.
“We kind of lost control of the game,” he said.
In the second period the Penguins came back by outscoring the Flyers 3-0.
“Maybe the team relaxed and felt like maybe the game was in the pocket but we forget who we were playing, the Pittsburgh Penguins," Bryzgalov said.
As the Flyers prepare for Saturday afternoon’s game in Boston, Bryzgalov said the team has no choice but to get over such a frustrating loss.
“You got to forget and move forward and prepare yourself for the game against Boston,” he said. “It’s going to be another top-dog team.”
The Bruins are 15-3-3.
And then Bryzgalov turned philosophical in his own unique way.
“You have to stay positive and cope and prepare yourself for a better day,” he said. “The sun will come up.”
Bryzgalov continued his sunny outlook.
“Everybody is healthy, everything is good and you try to win the next game and try to prepare yourself. “It’s not the end of the world.”
Try telling that to coach Peter Laviolette.
“That second period cost us two points and ultimately you have to make a response for that,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. “You have to go into Boston and look to right the wrong and that is what we aim to do.”