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The Bryz is Back

Ilya Bryzgalov may be back in tune.

The Bryz is Back

Bryzgalov makes a save Sunday ( AP Photo ).
Bryzgalov makes a save Sunday ( AP Photo ). AP

Although we are not prepared to go "all in" with him just yet, it is worth pointing out that Ilya Bryzgalov has been earning at least a little more of his money over the last few weeks.

Since Jan. 17, he is 8-3-3 with 2.08 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

So, cue up the Elton John music and sing it with me ... "The Bryz Is Back."

His numbers before and since Jan. 17: 

   Through   
 Jan. 14
 Since
 Jan. 17   
 Games  30   16
 Record  16-10-3  8-3-3
 Minutes  1699  923
 Goals Allowed     87  32
 Shots Faced  797  408
 Saves  710  376
 GAA  3.07  2.08
 Save Pct.  .891  .922
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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