The first question tossed Ilya Bryzgalov’s way was about all the odd-man breaks coming his way Tuesday night.
“Huh?” the Russian goalie said with a look of confusion following a 4-2 Flyers loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. “I don’t understand what exactly that means.”
Someone then asked if there was a turning point.
“Exactly what is turning point?” Bryzgalov said after a game in which the Flyers lost a 2-1 lead in the final minute of the first period and then had a third-period tie turn into a setback thanks to two goals by Rick Nash.
Next came a question Bryzgalov had no problem understanding. He was reminded that the Flyers had just reached the halfway point to this short season with a losing record, then he was asked to sum it up.
Bryzgalov paused for five seconds, let out a big breath, then decided to speak his mind honestly.
“Not good,” he said. “We’re not good. We’re obviously not in the spot where we want to be and (if nothing changes) it’s going to be more ugly. What else can I say? This is the reality.”
Bryzgalov was asked what needs to be better. Following another extended pause, he seemed on the verge of spilling his guts only to change his mind.
“I can’t afford to say this,” Bryzgalov said. “We have coaches. We gotta be responsible for the improvement.”
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