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.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings