Philadelphia Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov is Once Again the NHL's First Star of the Week

By Johnny Machurek

Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov became the first player this season to be named NHL First Star of the Week for two consecutive weeks.

Bryz a had record breaking week, breaking the team shutout record against the New York Islanders.  The streak was stopped at 249:43, when he gave up a goal in the third.  The Flyers held on for a 3-2 win.

His numbers for the week were a record of 3-0-1, a 1.44 GAA, a .950 save percentage, and one shutout.  Bryz earned three out of a possible four points last week.

Philadelphia is finally getting what they expected from Bryzgalov and more.  Bryz is getting hot at the right time and the Flyers hope to ride that during the playoffs.

The Flyers now find themselves back within striking distance of division and conference leader the New York Rangers.  They currently sit two-points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and Rangers.  The Flyers have two more left in Pittsburgh against the Pens, who they are 3-1-0 against, and one more with the Rangers, who have dominated them this season and they are 0-5-0 against.

John Vanbiesbrouck previously held the two longest shutout streaks in Flyers history before Bryzgalov.  Fans are hoping that Bryz doesn’t have the same result as Beezer.  The Flyers lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs that year 4-2 in the first round, despite Vanbiesbrouck posting a 1.50 GAA and a .938 save percentage.

Tuesday Bryz will start his campaign for a third straight First Star when the Flyers host the Southeast division leaders the Florida Panthers.

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