SHUTOUT, SHUTOUT AND ANOTHER SHUTOUT
For Flyers fans I'm sure tonight's game sounded like a broken record, or in modern terminology their iPods stuck on replay.
However, they don't mind one bit.
That's because Ilya Bryzgalov was back in net and for his third straight game he stopped every puck directed towards him to earn his 29th career shutout in the NHL.
If there are any doubts what-so-ever that Bryz is playing with confidence, taking a look at the following numbers would instantly erase that notion.
He tied a Flyers record with his third consecutive shutout tonight, joining John Vanbiesbrouck (Oct. 20-24, 1999) as the only other goaltender to do so.
Bryzgalov has now stopped 85 shots during his streak.
Bryzgalov also extended his shutout streak to 196:13, which is the third-longest shutout streak for a goaltender in Flyers history:
- John Vanbiesbrouck – 227:40, Oct. 17-26, 1999
- John Vanbiesbrouck – 218:42, Jan. 3-16, 1999
- Ilya Bryzgalov – 196:13, March 6 – present
Not only did Bryzgalov post his third straight no-no, he now has four shutouts in his last five starts.
Getting back to this season, Bryzgalov's 28 wins put him in a tie for ninth in the NHL among all goaltenders. His sixth shutout this season is good enough for a tie for third in that category.
In fact, over a span of two weeks, Bryzgalov has lowered his goals-against average from 2.82 to 2.53, and save percentage from .898 to .908.
A chance at history awaits Bryzgalov and the Flyers in Long Island on Thursday when they take on the Islanders.
|Braydon Coburn recorded his 100th assist in the NHL tonight. |
Kimmo Timonen played for the first time since Mar. 1 after missing the previous five games due to a lower-body injury.
Sixteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on net tonight.
Hits were 38-32 tonight in favor of New Jersey. Braydon Coburn led the Flyers with seven hits. He also had three blocked shots and his 100th NHL assist.
The Devils had three shots on goal in the third period. It’s the third time this season in six games against the Devils that the Flyers have held them to three or fewer shots in the third period. New Jersey had three shots in the third on October 8 (Flyers 2 at NJ 0) and had one shot in the third on February 4 (New Jersey 6 at Flyers 4).
The Flyers held the Devils to single-digit shots in all three periods (1st: 8, 2nd: 6, 3rd: 3).
New Jersey’s 17 shots were the second-fewest allowed by the Flyers in a game this season (16 at Tampa Bay, 12/27/11).
Claude Giroux was 10-for-13 (77 percent) on faceoffs.
Prior to the game Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning was loaned back to the club's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
We can't technically give out stars of the night based on past games or performances, but tonight Ilya Bryzgalov didn't need that anyway.
Bryz stopped all 17 shots he faced, which included five power plays at nearly nine minutes of time when the Devils had a man advantage to help the Flyers to a 3-0 win over New Jersey.
|"I think it's the right time to pick up the momentum. We’ve got a lot of games home right now and it's good to play well right before the playoffs. I think Bryz being outstanding right now helps us a lot. I think we're playing solid hockey." |
- Jakub Voracek
“I think we had an unbelievable game tonight from start to finish. All 60 minutes it was a very good game. We were very physical, hungry around the net, shooting the pucks, blocking the shots, killing the penalties pretty much the whole game. It was a good game, how the guys played.”
- Ilya Bryzgalov
|Tonight's turning point came just about eight minutes into the first period on the Devils first power play of the night. |
Ilya Kovalchuk fired a wrist shot from the point that got through the Flyers defense, then less than a second later Devils forward Petr Sykora snapped a quick shot off that Bryzgalov easily turned aside.
Bryzgalov would go on to stop all remaining chances as the Flyers allowed just three shots on goal in the entire third period to secure the victory.