Bryzgalov is an Olympic veteran, making his third straight appearance for Russia at the Olympic Games. He was a bronze medalist as a back-up goalie in 2002, and finished fourth in 2006.
In each of the last two World Championships, Russia has defeated Canada in the gold medal game, including in 2009 with Bryzgalov in goal. He led his country to gold with a 2.08 goals-against average and a perfect 7-0 record.
He competed for Russia at the 2000 World Junior Championships, leading the tournament with a 0.77 goals-against average and .971 save-percentage in four games to win a silver medal. The final game against the Czechs was a 0-0 deadlock and required a shootout to end the game.
I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.
— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday