Ilya Bryzgalov found something to fear besides bears in the forest: The wrath of Evgeni Malkin after picking against his team.
The former NHL goalie tweeted back on May 8, the night the Washington Capitals' dominant Game 6 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, "Looks like the caps advanced to conference final."
Bryzgalov was left with a little egg on his face after the Penguins won Game 7 in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
That's when Malkin swooped in.
The Penguins forward cordially invited his Russian countryman to the Eastern Conference Final. In Pittsburgh.
Bryzgalov, who, when asked what the Penguins' biggest threat was in 2012, famously said he feared nothing "except bear, but bear in forest." He was later heckled by Pittsburgh fans who showed up wearing bear costumes.
Bryzgalov and the Flyers beat the Penguins in the 2012 Eastern Conference first round. This time, however, he had no choice but to eat his words.
So, will Pittsburgh fans see Bryzgalov?
As he pointed out in his response to Malkin, he does not own the proper attire for the occasion.