Friday, August 28, 2015

So far, Bryz not the answer

DENVER _ When the Flyers signed colorful Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal in the summer, their goalie problems _ which had lasted more than two decades _ were supposedly settled.

So far, Bryz not the answer

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   DENVER _  When the Flyers signed colorful Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year, $51 million deal in the summer, their goalie problems _ which had lasted more than two decades _ were supposedly settled.

    It hasn't happened.

    Bryzgalov, 31, has had some impressive streaks, going 5-0-1 with a 1.66 GAA average in one stretch, and winning six straight until he was shelled by Boston on Saturday.

    But, overall, he has been surprisingly inconsistent.

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    Bryzgalov is 14-6-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. Backup Sergei Bobrovsky is 6-2-1 with a 2.72 GAA and .908 save percentage.

     The Flyers are tied with Boston for the most points in the Eastern Conference, but with so many injuries cropping up, they need Bryzgalov to start resembling the star goalie who played in Phoenix.

    The Flyers are eighth in the 30-team NHL, allowing 2.90 goals per game. A year ago, with Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher handling most of the workload, they were 11th in the league with a 2.63 GAA.

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    Still waiting for an update on roookie center Sean Couturier, who was hit in the helmet by  Kimmo Timonen's shot on Saturday and left the game with a head injury.

    The Flyers recalled center Ben Holmstrom and defenseman Andreas Lilja from the Phantoms. Holmstrom's recall seems to indicate that Couturier will miss some time.

   Claude Giroux made the trip to Denver.

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   Milan Lucic will have a hearing with NHL disciplinary czar Brendan Shanahan on Sunday for his hit on the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo on Saturday.

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