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Bryzgalov sets Flyers mark for shutout streak

by Adam Kimelman
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov kicked aside the first 18 shots the New York Islanders threw at him through the first period and a half of Thursday's game, setting a club record in the process, before having the streak ended in the third period.

Bryzgalov, who entered the game with three straight shutouts and a scoreless streak of 196:13 -- third-longest in team history -- passed John Vanbiesbrouck's team record 11:27 into the second period. He extended the streak to 249:43 before New York's Michael Grabner deflected Mark Streit's shot into the net at 13:30 of the third period.

Vanbiesbrouck had held the club mark with a scoreless streak of 227:40, set Oct. 17-26, 1999. Vanbiesbrouck also had the second-longest shutout streak in team history, a 218:42 run from Jan. 3-16, 1999.

Bryzgalov tied Vanbiesbrouck's team record with his third straight shutout in Tuesday's 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils.

Bryzgalov, the reigning NHL First Star of the Week, came into Thursday's game with six straight wins and with shutouts in four of his last five starts. In 10 games prior to Thursday's start, Bryzgalov is 8-2-0 with a 1.59 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and four shutouts.

The NHL record for consecutive shutouts is five, set by Carolina's Brian Boucher during the 2003-04 season. He also holds the modern-era scoreless streak of 332:01.

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