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Bryz, Giroux Shine in Flyers Win over Leafs

Team 1 2 3 OT SO T SOG
Flyers 0 0 0 0 1 1 27
Leafs 0 0 0 0 0 0 29

The Toronto Maple Leafs had the majority of quality chances in the game, but Mr. Universe came through in back to back games to post his 5th shutout of the season. That is 3 shutouts in the last 4 games for the once-maligned, currently loved Ilya Bryzgalov as the Philadelphia Flyers (39-21-7) won, 1-0, in a shootout.

Bryzgaloving? Bryz celebrates after he denies Phil Kessel, winning the shootout (ESPN).

It was one of Bryz’s best games as a Flyer, as he made 29 saves off 29 shots in regulation. However, he remains humble. Preferring to direct all questions away from himself, Bryz continues to answer them with, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

Instead he wants to be asked about the team, a fair point. Since they acquired Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman, Philadelphia has only given up 10 goals in 7 games, the best in the NHL. While a lot of the credit can go to Bryzgalov, the tightening up on the blue line has been a contributing factor as well.

Although the Maple Leafs only managed 15 shots between the first and second periods, Bryzgalov made critical saves. One came on a save in the closing minutes of the second period with a huge stop on Matt Frattin, as he attempted a one-timer in the slot. He would also make a save in the final seconds of the period on John-Michael Liles.

The game went to a shootout after a scoreless regulation and overtime. Tyler Bozak was the first Leaf to shoot but he hit the goal post. Wayne Simmonds missed the net entirely, and Mikhail Grabovski was stopped on his attempt.

Giroux drags the puck around Gustavsson, scoring the winning shootout goal (ESPN).

Claude Giroux, 3-5 in shootouts this season, darted up the ice as the Flyers second shooter. With a quick move directly in front of Jonas Gustavsson, he lifted the puck into the top of the net, a beautiful tally. Phil Kessel was the last chance for the home team, but was denied by Bryz. He will be having nightmares of #30.

This is Philadelphia’s second win over Toronto this season, and the two teams meet four more times throughout the season. Philadelphia’s upcoming schedule features a home-and-home with the New Jersey Devils, starting tomorrow in northern Jersey.

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One Comment on “Bryz, Giroux Shine in Flyers Win over Leafs”

  1. Ben Euler
    March 11, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Flyers riding high lets keep it going

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