Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov knows what it takes to win games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In two postseason runs with Anaheim (in 2005-06 and 2006-07), Bryzgalov posted a 9-5 record, three shutouts and a 1.68 goals-against average.
That’s why Bryzgalov is excited to have a few more regular-season games to hone his craft before this year’s playoffs start.
“I need to fix something in my game because I start to make some mistakes (in) a couple games, and this can cost a game in the playoffs,” Bryzgalov said. “That's why I think it's a good week to work hard and fix my game a little bit and prepare myself for the playoffs.”
Bryzgalov did not elaborate on what needed fixing, but he noted that every player should always be trying to get better.
“You’ve got to improve yourself every day,” he said. “…You've got to develop yourself to be the best. Only this . . . can bring you postseason trophies like the Stanley Cup.”
Bryzgalov won the Cup as a member of the Ducks in 2006-07.
Bryzgalov, who has set career highs with 41 victories and eight shutouts this season, has been the key to Phoenix’s success and should be a strong candidate for the Vezina Trophy and perhaps the Hart Trophy.
He said his teammates have enabled him to be successful.
“This is a great group of guys,” Bryzgalov said. “Everybody has a passion to play. Everybody wants to prove something to each other and to themselves.”
Center Robert Lang, who still is nursing a lower-body injury that has sidelined him since March 4, has been skating with teammates at practices this week. He is hoping to get into at least one of the three remaining regular-season games and play in the playoffs.
"If it gets to the point that it feels really good, and I can do pretty much anything without any significant limits and limitations, then I would love to play the last two games or at least one game," he said. "But the goal is to be basically fixed up for the postseason."
Lang is itching to get back into games.
“I’m not used to sitting around, and this is one of those things where unfortunately no matter what you do (for treatment)… it’s just one of those things that basically time is your best healer," Lang said. "You can’t rush it.”
Vernon Fiddler’s wife Chrissy gave birth to the couple’s second child on Wednesday morning. Bella Jacksyn Fiddler weighed in at seven pounds, 19 inches. Fiddler is expected to play tonight vs. Nashville.
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