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Bryzgalov named 1st Star ... Again!

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The National Hockey League announced that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the NHL's FIRST STAR of the Week ending Sunday, Mar. 18.

It is the second consecutive week that Bryzgalov has been named the NHL's FIRST STAR, making him the first player all season to do so.

Bryzgalov posted a 3-0-1 record, 1.44 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and one shutout as the Flyers (42-22-8, 92 points) earned seven out of a possible eight points.

He began the week by making 17 saves for his third consecutive shutout in a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils March 13.

Bryzgalov extended his career-best shutout streak to 249:43, a Flyers franchise record, before allowing a goal with 6:30 remaining in a 3-2 victory at the New York Islanders March 15.

He then made 31 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss at the Boston Bruins March 17 and 38 stops in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins March 18.

The 31-year-old netminder has reached 30 wins for the third straight season and has a 2.49 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and six shutouts in 53 appearances.
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