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Is Flyers Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov Hurt? (UPDATED)

The Philadelphia Flyers were smashed at home by the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight 10-3 to forcing a game-five.  The Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov was yanked after giving up five-goals, but is it possible he is hiding an injury?

Let’s be honest Bryz hasn’t been great in this series, but tonight he was flat out horrendous.  He was beat twice when he had to move side-to-side and looked very slow doing so.  This is an elimination game, not game 32 of the regular season so there is no reason to blame it on not caring.

I think the injury might have happened in the early stages of game-three on Sunday.  Jordan Staal scored the opening goal just about four-minutes in.  When he scored Kimmo Timonen got pushed back into him and it looks like Bryz got his left leg caught under him a little bit.  The cam in the net shows Bryz grimacing while on his back, it didn’t look like a face of frustration.

Here is a copy of the video (sorry, it’s in Russian):

Watch the two-goals that Bryz gave up moving side-to-side here.  Check out the goal Matt Niskanen (PPG, 08:05 in 1st) and Kris Letang (PPG, 03:07 in 2nd).

Both times Bryz had to move to his right, which means he would have had to push off with his left foot.  If that leg is hurt it is going to effect his ability to get good drive off of it.  This could be why he was extraordinarily bad tonight, but then again Sergei Bobrovsky wasn’t much better in net as he gave up five-goals as well.

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UPDATE 5:04 PM EST

It seems Bryz wasn’t on the ice long at practice today.  Tim Panaccio tweeted this about four-hours ago:

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Another update has Howard Eskin saying Bryz has a lower-body injury.

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