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.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals