GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the NHL’s First Star for the week ending Oct. 18. Colorado Avalanche goaltender Craig Anderson was named the second star while Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin was named the third star.
Bryzgalov posted a 3-0-0 record for the week, along with a 0.95 goals against average (GAA), a .959 save percentage (SV%) and one shutout while stopping 70 of the 73 shots he faced. Bryzgalov began the week with a 1-0 shootout win at San Jose, stopping all 26 shots he faced in regulation and overtime to record his second shutout of the season. On Thursday, Bryzgalov made 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory versus the St. Louis Blues. Bryzgalov then turned away 22 of 23 shots in a 4-1 win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday as the Coyotes won their third consecutive game and improved to 5-2-0 on the season. The Coyotes are currently in first place in the Pacific Division.
For the season, Bryzgalov is 5-1-0 in six starts and ranks 1st among all starting goaltenders in goals against average (1.14), save percentage (.953) and shutouts (2) and also ranks T-4th among NHL goalies in wins (5).
The Coyotes return to action at 7 p.m. on Thursday when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Jobing.com Arena. For ticket information call 480-563-PUCK (7825).