WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers is congratulated by Jaromir Jagr #68 after a 5-1 victory against the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on December 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
A resurgent Ilya Bryzgalov will lead the Philadelphia Flyers into the Air Canada Centre tonight to take on the Maple Leafs tonight at 7pm.
Bryz is 6-2 in his last 8 with a 2.00 goals against average and two shutouts. His only two losses came in games where the Flyers themselves were shut out. He says he knows the fans' view of him will move in lockstep with his performance.
"From hating to the love in one step," Bryzgalov said. "And the same in the other direction."
"He seems pretty locked in right now," said coach Peter Laviolette. "He’s preparing, he's going out there, he's executing, and then he gets ready for the next one. It's more mechanical now -- not his game or anything, just what he's doing. He's dialed in from day to day. He works hard in practice, he gets ready for the game, he goes out and does what he has to do and focuses on the next day when it comes."
Scott Hartnell says the best of Bryz is yet to come.
"His confidence is growing and growing," said Hartnell. "I don't think we've seen the best of Bryz yet."