Monday, March 12, 2012

Bryzgalov earns NHL's First Star of the Week

After pulling himself back from the brink of irrelevancy, Ilya Bryzgalov turned in his best period as a Philadelphia Flyer last week, and the effort earned him the NHL's First Star on Monday.

"For Bryz to have our back like that, he is playing his best hockey this year and we are trying to help him. He is making all the big saves for us and he has got his confidence back," said teammate Claude Giroux, who provided the shootout winner against Toronto. "It's a lot of fun to see him dominate games like that."

The 31-year-old went 4-0-0 with a 0.49 goals-against average and three shutouts to take top honors.

He blanked Washington and the Maple Leafs by 1-0 scores and Florida by a 5-0 count, and has stopped 138 of the last 140 shots he's faced.

Bryzgalov made 11 consecutive starts through Saturday's shootout victory in Toronto, going 7-2-1 in that span.

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