Philadelphia Flyers Waste Strong Effort From Ilya Bryzgalov In Loss To Rangers

By Randy Holt
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

In what’s been something of a routine for them this season, the Philadelphia Flyers found themselves unable to find the back of the net against the New York Rangers, and it cost them the game in their 2-1 loss to their Atlantic Division rivals.

In fact, the game may not even be as close as that score may indicate. The Flyers were dominated both in the faceoff circle and on the boards, while continuing to demonstrate futility on the power play. The Flyers did manage to net a goal with the man advantage, but were completely unsuccessful in their other five tries.

If you’re looking for a bright spot for the Flyers after this one, you’re likely to find it in Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov continued his strong start for the Flyers, even with taking the loss. Many were concerned if he may be even worse than he was last year in his first year in Philly, given how bad the defense in front of him has the potential to be. But he has stepped up and been terrific for much of the year.

He gave up just two goals tonight on 28 shots. The loss drops him to 2-3 on the year, but he’s been rock solid in those five starts. He has a 2.22 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. He’s on pace to put up much better numbers than he has in the past couple of seasons.

Of course, in order for what he’s doing between the pipes to matter, the Flyers have to help him out at the other end of the ice. They’ve scored two or less goals in every game this season, with the exception of one. They’re not expected to put up five or six a game, but the offense right now just isn’t getting the job done.

This obviously is not the start the Flyers had in mind. They’re 2-5 on the year and have had their struggles pretty much everywhere at one point or another. With the coaching staff that this team has, they’ll likely figure it out soon. And I’m sure we’ll see a transaction or two take place before long to get this team heading in the right direction.

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