Can Bryzgalov Lead the Flyers to a Cup?
Although it hasn't been talked about much while the Flyers had a three games-to-none lead in the series against Pittsburgh, Ilya Bryzgalov has struggled mightily in just about every game.
Bryzgalov had a night to forget in net Wednesday, but a night that we all saw way to much during the 82 game grind in the regualr season; allowing five goals on 18 shots before being yanked. Sergei Bobrovsky came in to replace Bryzgalov and had an equally awful outing, allowing five goals on 18 shots himself - so it would appear there is no goalie controversy in this years' playoffs - yet.
Bryzgalov owns an .844 save percentage and a 4.95 GAA in the four games in the series agaisnt the Penguins. Not to mention, Bryzgalov didn't look good last year in the postseason either with Phoenix, the this Coyotes were blasted by the Red Wings.
One of the interesting nuggets that went unnoticed was that the recalled a host of players for their AHL affiliate in Adirondack. One of them was Michael Leighton, who was required to clear re-entry waivers, you remember Leighton, the guy who carried the team to the brink of a Stanley Cup two seasons ago.
Leighton had a 2.58 GAA and .918 save percentage in 56 games this season with the Phantoms. During Bryzgalov's up-and-down season he posted numbers of 2.48 GAA and .908 save percentage.
Nobody is suggesting that Leighton should be put between the pipes, but what I am suggesting is that the Fleyrs can't win a Cup with the way Bryzgalov is playing right now.
So, Flyers fans do you think Ilya Bryzgalov can lead this Flyers team to a Cup?