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Bryzgalov named 1st star

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The National Hockey League announced today that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the 'First Star' of the week ending Mar. 11.

In his last four games, Bryzgalov posted a perfect 4-0-0 record, an astounding 0.49 goals-against average and .985 save percentage to go along with three shutouts, including two in back-to-back fashion over the Florida Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs respectively.

He currently owns a shutout streak of 136:13, and over his last 240 minutes between the pipes, has turned aside 128 of 130 shots he's faced.

The 6'3'', 214-pound goaltender started 11 consecutive games from Feb. 16 through Mar. 10 and is currently on a five-game winning streak.

Bryzgalov owns a 27-13-6 record with a 2.59 GAA and .907 save percentage in 49 games played including five shutouts, which ranks sixth among all NHL goaltenders.

He began the week by stopping all 34 shots he faced to lead the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Capitals on Sunday, Mar. 4 at Washington.

On Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings, one of the top point-leaders in the Western Conference, he stopped 37 of 39 shots to lead the Flyers to yet another one-goal victory, 3-2.

He followed that up by stopping his next 57 shots on net to earn a 5-0 win vs. Florida on Thursday and a 1-0 shootout win at Toronto on Saturday night. He also stopped all three Maple Leafs in the shootout to secure the victory.
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