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Coyotes Confident Bryzgalov Will Solve Wings

by Brian Hedger | Correspondent / Arizona Coyotes
DETROIT -- The numbers jump off the page when looking at the playoff statistics of Phoenix Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

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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