Flyers Notes: Bryzgalov doesn't have 'an answer' for struggles

Flyers Notes: Bryzgalov doesn't have 'an answer' for struggles
March 27, 2013, 9:00 am
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Ilya Bryzgalov sat at his bench with his pads for the longest time, refusing to move, gesturing for others to keep away.
 
Another Flyer loss in a critical game to the eighth-seeded Rangers, who now lead the Flyers by seven points in the Eastern Conference standings.
 
Bryzgalov was nowhere near as sharp on Tuesday as he was in an overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. He gave up five goals on 31 shots.
 
Then again, the defense in front of him was terrible and directly responsible for two game-changing goals that led to a 3-0 Rangers lead.
 
“They always just find a way to beat us,” Bryzgalov said. “I don’t know why the reason, but they always find a way.
 
“I don’t know. It was a big game. We win tonight, we’re three points behind the Rangers. But now we’re seven points behind the Rangers. To be honest, I don’t know. I don’t have an answer.”
 
His frustration was echoed throughout the dressing room after the 5-2 spanking the Flyers endured as their playoff hopes took another hit.
 
There are four games left in this homestand.
 
“I wish we [would] win one,” Bryzgalov said. “And two more the next game, but let’s start with the one. You know, not go farther than one.
 
“I don’t know, I don’t remember when we [won] last time. It was a long time ago. We need one win at least in the next game.”
 
Kimmo Timonen, Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek suggested the Flyers gave up when they fell behind and that from the opening faceoff, their compete level just wasn’t there.
 
Timonen himself was either directly or partly responsible for two goals that made it 3-0.
 
“For me it seems like one team really was there to play and wants to win the game and the other team not so much,” Bryzgalov said. “It was obvious since the puck was dropped. I think that was the main difference in the game.”
 
Unfortunately, it’s been that way too many times this season for the Flyers.
 
Team captain Claude Giroux refuses to believe the season is over even though the odds of the Flyers making the playoffs fell Tuesday night to 2.7 percent after the loss, according to sportsclubstats.com.
 
“Well, we’re not going to quit,” Giroux said. “Our team’s going to battle every night. You know what?
 
“One game at a time and a few games in a row and you never know. We need to keep fighting and keep getting ready for these kinds of games.”
 
Those become hollow words when the team collectively can’t back them up on the ice.
 
Four games left. Timonen was asked whether the Flyers have to win all four to stay alive.
 
“Yes,” he replied.
 
Timonen honored
The Flyers presented Timonen with a Silver Stick in honor of his 1,000th NHL game played last week in Tampa Bay.
 
Forty friends and family -- 20 from Finland -- were on hand for the pregame ceremony held at center ice.
 
His ceremony included a video tribute from his playing days in Nashville, as well as with the Flyers.
 
Timonen also received a piece of Tiffany crystal from the NHL. General manager Paul Holmgren presented him with the Silver Stick and also unveiled a portrait marking his years in the NHL.
 
Teammate Scott Hartnell presented him with a Rolex watch.
 
During a stoppage in play, the club played a Timonen video where he thanked friends, family and teammates and the medical staff for keeping him “in one piece.”
 
“He thanked so many people it was like he won an Oscar,” Chris Therien quipped on 97.5 The Fanatic.
 
Unfortunately for Timonen, he’ll likely remember this game for a turnover and poor positioning on separate plays that led to two Ranger goals.
 
White House visit
Five boys and girls from the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation took part in a “Let's Move” Q & A session at the White House on Tuesday.
 
They earned the privilege through outstanding performance in Snider Hockey programs, both on the ice and in the classroom.

Representing Snider Hockey were Eliot Barr, 11, of the Simons Ice Rink; Emani DiCriscio, 8, also of the Simons Rink; Jasmine Masino, 10, of the Tarken Ice Rink; Tyreese Walker, 10, of the Laura Sims Skatehouse; and Parker Chisholm, 10, of the Simons Rink.

The students were also invited to attend a special presentation by President Barack Obama to the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
 
“Snider Hockey is very pleased to provide unique experiential educational opportunities like today's White House visit to the boys and girls in our programs,” said Snider Hockey president Scott Tharp.

“This is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. None of this would be possible without the terrific support we receive from Ed Snider, our charter members, donors and volunteers.”
 
Snider Hockey serves 3,000 boys and girls from under-resourced inner-city neighborhoods in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Loose pucks
The new first line of Tye McGinn with Giroux and Voracek didn’t survive long. By the end of the second period, Max Talbot had replaced McGinn on the wing. ... Andrej Meszaros appeared to collide or get clipped by a skate near the end of the game and limped to the bench. He seemed fine after the game and walked out on his own.