Even though Ilya Bryzgalov said so, the Flyers' season really wasn't victory or bust Friday night.

He sure played like it, though.

Bryzgalov looked like a franchise goalie, letting nothing get behind him on a first-period 5-on-3 power play that lasted almost two minutes, again in the waning moments of regulation when he made like a snow angel laying flat on his back to keep the game tied with an off-his-skate-onto-his-belly save, and then even later with rare shootout success.

With the real pressure mounting, the Flyers earned a bigger than big 2-1 victory Friday night to avoid Bryzgalov's predicted kiss of death — back-to-back losses this week to the New Jersey Devils.

"His game was solid from the start to the end, which includes the shootout," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said of his netminder.