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Oilers to give Bryzgalov first start Thursday

Tuesday, 11.26.2013 / 3:30 PM / News

NHL.com

Ilya Bryzgalov will make his first start of the 2013-14 NHL season when the Edmonton Oilers visit the Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Bryzgalov stopped 12 of 13 shots Monday night in relief of Devan Dubnyk in the Oilers' 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks and played the final 34:08 of the game.

"It wasn't the best way for us to throw him into the fire," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "I thought he went in and played very well."

Bryzgalov was signed earlier this month after the Philadelphia Flyers bought out his contract over the summer.

The 33-year-old, who has also played for the Anaheim Ducks and Phoenix Coyotes, has a career record of 208-149-45 in 426 appearances with a 2.55 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 30 shutouts.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game