The last few games haven't been pretty for Ilya Bryzgalov, and for the Philadelphia Flyers in general. Following an 0-4-1 run where the goaltender allowed an average of nearly five goals per game, the goaltender and his team were reeling following an strange 9-8 loss to the Jets on Thursday.
Saturday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes was just what Bryzgalov needed. He stopped 24 of 25 shots in a morale-boosting 5-1 win for the Flyers, and looked sharp in the net all evening. The only goal he allowed was a second period wrist shot by Jussi Jokinen.
The Flyers offense was also on point, Jaromir Jagr scoring two goals and picking up the rest of their points on wrist shots from Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux and a backhand from Maxime Talbot. Spreading the scoring around among the offense is a good sign for Philly.
Hopefully this win will get the ball rolling on an improved team. Bryzgalov having a bounce-back game like this is a tremendous stride in the right direction.
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