Bryz aims for record; Jagr is Masterton nominee

Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stops a shot on goal from Florida Panthers' Shawn Matthias in the first period on Thursday night, March 8, 2012. ( LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff Photographer )

    Ilya Bryzgalov could become the first goalie in franchise history to register four straight shutouts _ and could set a club record for consecutive scoreless minutes _ when the Flyers face the host New York Islanders on Thursday.

    The 31-year-old goalie's scoreless streak is at 196:13, and he could break the franchise record _ 227:40, set by John Vanbiesbrouck in 1999 _ on Thursday.

    “It’d be pretty cool, but at the same time, it’s just details,” center Claude Giroux said after Wednesday’s practice in Voorhees. “That kind of record is not really going to get us a Cup, so I think we just want to make sure we keep focus on the things we have to do out there. Our goal is to get better for the playoffs and kind of get on a streak here before the end of the season.”

     The Flyers have won six of their last seven games.


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      Bryzgalov has stopped 152 of the last 154 shots he has faced, a staggering .987 save percentage. He was given Wednesday off.

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     In case you were curious....

     In 2003-04, former Flyer Brian Boucher, playing for Phoenix, set two modern-day NHL records with five consecutive shutouts and a shutout streak of 332:01.

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     Marc Steiber, a Flyers fan from Wisconsin offered this nickname for the hot goaltender: Bryzglovall.

    "Silly, I know, but it's Wednesday and I'm lefthanded, so it seemed right to send it in," he said in an e-mail.

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     Jaromir Jagr, who returned to the NHL this season after playing three seasons in Russia, was the Flyers' Masterton nominee. The award is given for a player's dedication and perseverance.

   A year ago, Ian Laperriere was the third Flyer to ever win the award.

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   The Flyers' April 1 game in Pittsburgh has been moved from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accomodate NBC. The Flyers are 5-10-1 in games that start before 7 p.m.

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  Defenseman Pavel Kubina skated before practice and is still listed as day to day.

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