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Bryz limping; has fracture in foot

UPDATE: The Flyers announced Tuesday that Bryzgalov had a chip fracture in his right foot and would not play Thursday. He is listed as day to day, which means they don't think the injury is serious. But one wonders if the injury will throw off his timing.

Bryz limping; has fracture in foot

UPDATE: The Flyers announced Tuesday that Bryzgalov had a chip fracture in his right foot and would not play Thursday. He is listed as day to day, which means they don't think the injury is serious. But one wonders if the injury will throw off his timing.

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Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, through a team spokesman, said goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was fine after the team’s 5-3 loss to lowly Tampa Bay on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Bryzgalov’s limp said otherwise.

If Ilya Bryzgalov’s injured foot continues to bother him, are you comfortable with Sergei Bobrovsky as the Flyers’ goalie?
Yes. Bob has shown he can make all the plays.
No. Bob hasn’t proven he can win the big games.

Bryzgalov, who has become the Flyers’ meal ticket, limped noticeably around the locker room after the game and apparently had X-rays.

It was Bryzgalov’s 19th start in 20 games, and coach Peter Laviolette has said he wants to get Sergei Bobrovsky some action.

Because of Bryzgalov’s potential injury _ he may have gotten hit on the leg during warm-ups Monday _ the Flyers figure to err on the side of caution and use Bob on Thursday in Toronto.

The Flyers do not permit their players to talk about injuries. Holmgren is the only one who  addresses injuries, and he goes to extremes to avoid talking about them.

Bryzgalov was asked if he needs a breather.

"I just an employee here," he said before limping away. "Whatever the coach decides, I going to do it."

Bryzgalov’s streak of allowing two goals or fewer ended at 11 games. It was the Flyers’ longest streak since the iconic Bernie Parent also had an 11-gamer in 1974-75.

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Classy Carle. Defenseman Matt Carle's turnover led to a late goal that proved to be the game-winner on Monday.

"Obviously it's gut-wrenching to have that happen, and I just want to apologize to my teammates and all the fans and everybody that paid for a ticket to come to the game tonight," Carle said. "It's hard to swallow right now, especially in a playoff race and where we are in the standings. Those are two huge points that we needed."

Is there a more stand-up athlete in Philly sports than Carle?

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Stunning stats. The Flyers had 81 shot attempts; Tampa had 29.

The Flyers put 38 shots on net, had 25 blocked and 18 that missed.

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Cousins in fold. The Flyers agreed to terms with 5-10, 169-pound center Nick Cousins to an entry-level contract.

Cousins, 18, starred in the OHL this season, collecting 35 goals and 88 points in 65 games for his junior team.

Cousins was selected in the third round (68th overall) of the 2011 draft. He was chosen with a pick acquired in the deal that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus.

Breakaways. Scott Hartnell took over the NHL lead with his 16th PP goal....Zac Rinaldo had six hits...Kimmo Timonen, who notched his 400th career assist, is listed as day to day with an upper-body injury.....Danny Briere was minus-3 and was in the penalty box for another Tampa goal.....Comeback of the night: Zack Hill, the affable Flyers PR director, returned to duty after being hospitalized for two days with a blood infection in his leg.....The Flyers will not practice again until Wednesday, in Voorhees.

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