There were far more quality chances than Flyers coach Peter Laviolette would have liked. And far too much pressure on his penalty killers, as well.
Ah, but your goalie is always your best penalty killer and Ilya Bryzgalov stood the test Saturday afternoon.
Let the record show that on March 2, the Flyers finally hit the .500 mark with a taut 2-1 victory over the highly-competitive Ottawa Senators at Wells Fargo Center.
“Bryz was really good,” Laviolette said. “First period … we made some mistakes and he was sharp early.”
Bryzgalov’s 33 saves and outstanding 5-for-5 penalty killing were the difference as defense won over offense.
“He’s amazing, he’s unbelievable, I love that guy,” Zac Rinaldo gushed over Bryzgalov. “Me and him have a good relationship. He’s doing a lot for this team.
“He’s stopping the puck. That’s all we want him to do. He’s always the same in the room. He’s a real person.”
Bryzgalov, Flyers down Senators to reach .500
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