Ilya Bryzgalov Injured In Flyers Loss, Flyers Say Otherwise

By Randy Holt

After they stormed back from a 2-0 deficit, dominated the second period, and looked like they were going to cruise to a win on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Philadelphia Flyers let one slip away from them, in their 5-3 loss to the Bolts in Philadelphia.

Down 3-2 and looking to tie things up in the third, Matt Carle turned the puck over behind his own net, which JT Wyman tipped right past Ilya Bryzgalov.

Of course, it didn’t help that Bryz had a very shaky outing, making just 10 saves on 14 Lightning shots. But given the recent run he’s been on, Philly fans are sure to forgive him, right? After all, Monday was the first time Bryzgalov allowed more than two goals since March 1st. That’s 11 consecutive starts without allowing more than a pair.

But those who have questioned Bryz’s increased workload during the month of March are sure to have a field day when they find out that not only did Mr. Universe suffer a let down of a game, he also apparently suffered an injury in this one as well.

Bryz was seen limping around the locker room after the game, and apparently underwent x-rays immediately after. However, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren denies it, though he says Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start on Thursday, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bryzgalov has seen quite a turnaround since his early season woes, having made the jump from the small market Phoenix Coyotes to the Flyers this past summer. His morphing from an average netminder to a championship caliber goaltender led him to get 19 of 20 starts for Philly.

Regardless of injury or not, it’s a smart move to go to Bobrovsky at this point. He’s only made one start since February 18th, and a healthy and fresh Bryzgalov is a key for a potential playoff run for the Flyers. We should know more soon about the actual nature of Bryzgalov’s injury, assuming that he is actually injured.

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