Ilya Bryzgalov’s 3 Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses in Net for the Flyers

October 9th, 2012 by Thomas Boniface Leave a reply »
When the Philadelphia Flyers acquired Ilya Bryzgalov prior to the 2011-2012 season, many thought that the Flyers had solved the goaltending problems that had plagued them in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

For most of the season, their problems were solved.

Bryzgalov recorded 33 wins and only 16 losses in 59 appearances.  He also posted a 2.48 GAA, a .909 save percentage and six shutouts in his first season as starting netminder in Philadelphia.

His regular season performance helped the Flyers land the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  More importantly, it landed him a starting spot for the team throughout the playoffs.

However, he struggled against both the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and the New Jersey Devils in the second round.  While his performance against the Pens in the first round did not cost the Flyers the series, his poor performance against the Devils in the second round did.

Here I present you Bryzgalov's three biggest strengths and weaknesses.

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