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Practice Report: Bryzgalov, Heatley Join Ducks in Toronto

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

By Kyle Shohara

Photos from practice

Rosters moves were aplenty this afternoon as the Ducks practiced at the MasterCard Centre in Toronto. The team announced earlier that forward Chris Wagner and goaltender Jason LaBarbera were reassigned to Norfolk, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks recalled forward Dany Heatley from his Long-Term Injury Conditioning Loan and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from his conditioning assignment. Both were playing in Norfolk, and both were on the ice this afternoon.

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau says Bryzgalov will likely get a start in one of the upcoming back-to-back games to end the road trip. [The Ducks play at Montreal on Thursday and Ottawa on Friday.] Bryzgalov’s debut will end Frederik Andersen’s consecutive starts streak, which is currently at a career-long 18 games. In his current streak, Andersen has played three sets of back-to-backs and is riding a seven-game winning streak. Andersen is 17-4-4 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

Bryzgalov appeared in two games with Norfolk, going 1-1-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

“I try to push myself as hard as possible to be prepared,” said Bryzgalov, who has 457 career NHL games under his belt. Bryzgalov has a career record of 220-158-53 with 34 shutouts, a 2.56 GAA and .913 SV%. He was named a finalist for the 2010 Vezina Trophy after setting career highs in win (42), shutouts (8), GAA (2.29) and SV% (.920) with the Coyotes. The 6-3, 213-pound goaltender has also played 47 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, Coyotes, Flyers and Wild, going 20-25 with four shutouts, a 2.78 GAA and .905 SV%.

Heatley, who went scoreless with four shots on goal in his two games with the Admirals, wore an orange jersey with Anaheim’s third line comprised of Andrew Cogliano, Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg. The three other forward lines remained intact.


Anaheim’s five-game Canadian road trip continues tomorrow with a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Ducks, who sit atop the NHL standings with 47 points (21-6-5), carry a season-tying seven-game winning streak into the contest. The Maple Leafs are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 39 points (18-9-3) and have won eight of their last 10 games (8-1-1). Toronto has a league-leading 13 wins on home ice and most recently defeated the LA Kings, 4-3 in a shootout, on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Ilya Bryzgalov is here! The #NHLDucks netminder joins the team for practice today in Toronto.

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