Flyers Notes: Bryzgalov again solid in net

Flyers Notes: Bryzgalov again solid in net
February 3, 2013, 12:30 pm
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So many times already this season, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has played brilliantly in goal only to get handed a loss.
 
Saturday, he faced sporadic periods of pressure where he saved the Flyers in a 5-3 win over Carolina.
 
Bryz had 39 saves – six on Alexander Semin, four on Eric Staal and five on Justin Faulk. Those 39 saves are a Flyer-high for him.
 
“That’s my job, to give our team a chance to win the game,” Bryzgalov said.
 
His team was sloppy, at times, in front of him.
 
“It’s not my job to make the statement, we win that’s most important,” he said.  “We get these two points.”
 
He had 14 saves in the second period when the Flyers opened up a 5-2 lead, but allowed far too many scoring chances.
 
“The second was good,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Like I said, the third period they had a lot of shots and there was a lot of traffic coming from their power play. They really started to press the issue in the third period.
 
“They were chucking forward with their defensemen. They were high-risk, high-reward and ended up staying in the zone. They got lots of zone-time on us.
 
“The second period was good for Bryz, but he was as good in the third. He was a really strong player for us.”
 
Must win?
Mike Knuble said “no,” but it was close.
 
“We got to start making some progress,” Knuble said. “It’s a big week for us here, we’re home four games and we gotta climb the ladder, we gotta start some time here.
 
“It’s just good to get that, a little bit of frustration last night but we kind of did it ourselves up a little bit last night and it was good to come out tonight and respond with a win.
 
“We got to make progress, there are only 40 games left so we’ve got to start climbing the ladder if we’re going to do it.”
 
Shots
The Flyers had just seven shots blocked, after having 23 blocked Friday in Washington and 62 over the last three games.
 
The Flyers also blocked 32 Carolina shots. Luke Schenn and Nicklas Grossmann led the way with six blocks apiece.
 
Elias Sports Bureau can’t ascertain when the Flyers blocked 32 or more shots in a game.  It is at least the most blocks since the start of the 2005-06 season.
 
Prior to Saturday, the most blocks on record in a game for the Flyers was 31 vs. Montreal on Jan. 25, 2011.
 
The Flyers fended off 91 Carolina shots tonight – 42 that were on net, the 32 that they blocked and 17 that went wide.
 
Loose pucks
Tommy Sestito pummeled Jay Harrison during a first period fight. … The Flyers got hammered in faceoffs during the opening period, losing 62 percent of the draws. … By game’s end, Carolina’s edge was 55 percent to 45 percent. … The Flyers came into the game 12.5 percent on the power play. They raised it to 18.6 percent with three power play goals. … Last time Bryz had 39 saves or more came March 29, 2011 with Phoenix when he stopped 45 shots in a 2-1 win against Dallas. He had 11 games of 39 or more saves that season. Last year, his season-high was 38.