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Bryz to make 11th straight start

TORONTO - Even though the Flyers are playing on consecutive nights this weekend, it looks like there's no rest coming for goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryz to make 11th straight start

TORONTO - Even though the Flyers are playing on consecutive nights this weekend, it looks like there's no rest coming for goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Coach Peter Laviolette is staying with the hot hand.

Bryzgalov will make his 11th straight start Saturday night in Toronto. He has a 1.95 GAA, a .926 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 11 games.

"He seems focused and really in control of what he's doing back there," Laviolette said after Saturday's morning skate. "I think our guys have tried to do a good job of cleaning things up in front of him, but there's always chances because there's so much talent in the league _ and breakdowns that happen. That's when your goaltender has to come up big, and he's been terrific lately."

Laviolette said it was not a difficult decision to turn down a chance to rest Bryzgalov, who also figures to play in a key matchup Sunday night in New Jersey.

On Thursday, Bryzgalov notched his second shutout in the last three games, blanking Florida, 5-0. He has stopped 99 of the last 101 shots he has faced.

"Bryz is fresh; he's ready. Our team is fresh and ready," Laviolette said. "We have two points at stake tonight against a team that is desperate to win. We have a guy coming off a great game and we'll put him back in, so, no, it wasn't a tough decision."

The Flyers, who have won four in a row, are expected to use the same lineup that trounced Florida. That means defenseman Brandon Manning should play his second NHL game.

None of the Flyers' injured players made the trip to Toronto, though Pavel Kubina and Jakub Voracek are listed as day to day. There is an outside chance they join the team in New Jersey.

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
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