Saturday, August 1, 2015

Besides Bryz, new D-men stepping up

WASHINGTON _ It’s no coincidence that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has steadied himself since the Flyers acquired massive defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman.

Besides Bryz, new D-men stepping up

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    WASHINGTON _ It’s no coincidence that goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has steadied himself since the Flyers acquired massive defensemen Pavel Kubina and Nick Grossman.

    Bryzgalov was brilliant on Sunday, stopping 34 shots and recording his third shutout of the season as the Flyers defeated Washington, 1-0, at the Verizon Center.

    But credit is also due to the Flyers’ defense, which was shorthanded because of injuries to Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros.

     Grossman and Kubina were especially effective.

     Grossman (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) delivered six hits and blocked six shots. Kubina (6-4, 258) had four hits and two blocked shots, and he set up Eric Wellwood’s game-winning goal.

   It was the Flyers’ first 1-0 win since 2007, when Antero Niittymaki blanked host Florida.

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   Bryz rolls. Bryzgalov became just the third Flyers goalie since the lockout to register at least three shutouts in a season. Marty Biron had five in 2007-08, and Ray Emery had three in 2009-10.

    Bryzgalov's other shutouts this season were against New Jersey and the Islanders.

     * * *

     Showing discipline. The Flyers did not allow a power-play attempt for the second time this seaosn. The first tiime was in a 5-4 win over Chicago on Jan. 5.

     In the last three games, the Flyers have allowed a total of just three power plays.

     * * *

     Shots stats. The Flyers’ 41 attempts (23 shots on goal, eight blocked, 10 misses) were the third-lowest of the season.

     Oh, yeah: They have won all three games.

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     Blanked again. The Capitals suffered consecutive shutouts for the first time since 2007.

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    Ovie's key turnover.  Washington star Alex Ovechkin turned the puck over to Kubina before Wellwood’s second-period goal, and the Caps' left winger didn’t play in the next 7:26.

    In the first two periods, Ovechkin played just 8:12, which was less time than Zac Rinaldo (8:58) and Wellwood (8:24), fourth-line Flyers wingers. Ovechkin played 8:37 in the final period, and he ended the night with seven shots and six hits.

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    Monday's practice. The Flyers are tentatively scheduled to practice in Voorhees on Monday at noon. Practices are free and open to the public.

    The Flyers will host Detroit on Tuesday, and Mark Howe's No. 2 jersey will be retired before the game.

    Follow Sam Carchidi on Twitter @BroadStBull.

 

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