PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ilya Bryzgalov wants to accomplish what no goalie other than Bernie Parent has done for the Philadelphia Flyers: Win a Stanley Cup.
The 31-year-old Russian understands the pressure of being a goaltender in Philadelphia, and he's up for the challenge. After shuffling goalies in and out of the lineup for years, the Flyers are counting on Bryzgalov to be the man in net.
"I want to be the guy who can carry this team," Bryzgalov said in a conference call Monday. "I want to help this team win the Stanley Cup because people in Philadelphia and the organization have waited long enough. I want to win the Stanley Cup also and I think we have similar ideas, similar goals. That's why we have to work hard and reach this goal. Pressure.we have to deal with the pressure every way and every day in our lives, hockey, everywhere."