|Ilya Bryzgalov |
Overall, he's been stellar. In 24 career playoff starts, Bryzgalov is 12-10 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.
The numbers while playing for the Coyotes, however, are a lot worse -- and have one red-and-white winged wheel in common. Bryzgalov has now started eight playoff games for Phoenix and all eight have been against the Detroit Red Wings -- including a 4-2 loss on Wednesday night in the opener of the Coyotes' Western Conference quarterfinal series.
In those eight starts, Bryzgalov has a 3.50 GAA and .904 save percentage. Still, Bryzgalov said he's anxious to get back out there against the Red Wings for Saturday afternoon's Game 2 at Joe Louis Arena (1 p.m. NBC, CBC).
"I feel very confident," Bryzgalov said after Friday's practice. "Sometimes they find a way to score the goals. Sometimes not. It's just hockey."
It's also the Red Wings, and even Bryzgalov admits they can make a goalie's life hard by continually keeping bodies in front of him and crashing the net...
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