- The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
to a two-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Bryzgalov, 26 (6/22/80), led the NHL in goals-against-average (1.46), save percentage (.944) and shutouts (3) in the 2006 postseason. 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.
The Togliatti, Russia, native helped the Ducks win series versus Colorado and Calgary during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In Anaheim's four-game series sweep of the 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.
In the regular season, the 6-3, 208-pound netminder earned a .910 SV% (fourth among NHL rookies) and 2.51 GAA (second among NHL rookies) along with a 13-12-1 record. He was twice named runner-up for the NHL's Defensive Player of the Week Award.
Bryzgalov has earned a career NHL record of 14-12-0, with a 2.48 GAA and .911 SV%. He was drafted by Anaheim in the second round (44th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.