|Ilya Bryzgalov celebrates following the 2007 Stanley cup Finals.
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Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have claimed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
Bryzgalov, 27, has collected a 2-3-1 record with a 2.55 goals against average (GAA) and a .909 save percentage (SV%) in nine games with the Ducks this season. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound netminder helped lead the Ducks to a Stanley Cup Championship last season, posting a 3-1-0 record with a 2.25 GAA and .922 SV% in five playoff games.
“We are excited to bring in a world class goaltender with a Stanley Cup on his resume,” said Maloney. “At 27 years old, he is just entering his prime and we look forward to having him in our lineup.”
During the 2006-07 regular season, Bryzgalov posted a 10-8-6 record with a 2.47 GAA and .907 SV% in 27 games with the Ducks. He went 5-1-3 in his last eight games of the season (all starts), recording a 1.96 GAA and .934 SV%.
The native of Togliatti, Russia led the NHL in GAA (1.46), SV% (.944) and shutouts (3) in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He earned a shutout streak of 249:15, the second longest streak in NHL postseason history, while tying an NHL record for consecutive shutouts (3). In addition, Bryzgalov became the first rookie goaltender to post consecutive shutouts in the playoffs since 1945. In Anaheim's four-game series sweep of the Colorado Avalanche, Bryzgalov posted a 0.93 GAA and .967 SV%. In Anaheim's first-round, seven-game series versus Calgary, Bryzgalov shut out the Flames in Calgary to give the Ducks the Game Seven victory.
Bryzgalov has earned a career NHL record of 26-23-0, with a 2.48 GAA and .909 SV%. He was drafted by Anaheim in the second round (44th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.