If the Flyers want to close out the series in Game 5 Friday, they know they have to be better in front of goalie Ilya Bryzgalov
. It would, of course, help if Bryzgalov was better as well.
Bryzgalov was pulled 3:07 into Game 4 after giving up his fifth goal on 18 shots. He has a 4.95 goals-against average and .844 save percentage in the series, but the Flyers remain confident that he will give them a series-clinching performance in net Friday.
"I'm not worried," Flyers center Claude Giroux
said. "He's a professional. He's a veteran. He knows what to do. I think he'll be great tonight."
Bryzgalov certainly looked loose at the morning skate. Prior to leaving the ice, he was doing snow angels around his net.
"I've got a feeling," Giroux added. "He's focused and he wants to win. He can't wait for tonight."
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette
said it's not about Bryzgalov.
"I don't think it's fair just to say that Bryz has to have a good game," Laviolette said. "He certainly does. We have great veteran players and you can count on them for a win. We've got great youth in the locker room and you can count on them. We have all year. It's a team sport. If we don't play well in front of Bryzgalov it's going to be more difficult.
"We need big performances out of everybody."
The question is will one of those players be forward James van Riemsdyk
? He says he's ready to play for the first time since March 1, when he broke his foot blocking a shot, but van Riemsdyk was not on the ice Friday morning.
Neither was Danny Briere
, but Laviolette made the morning skate optional for his players.
Provided Briere plays and van Riemsdyk does not, here's is what the Flyers lines and defense pairs will look like:
- Claude Giroux
- Jaromir Jagr
- Danny Briere
- Wayne Simmonds
- Sean Couturier
- Eric Wellwood
- Matt Read
- Jakub Voracek
- Braydon Coburn
Eric Gustafsson - Matt Carle
- Pavel Kubina
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