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Bryzgalov: “I Have Zero Confidence In Myself”

“We didn’t have problems playing the puck on the ice. Not [Wednesday], not [Thursday],” said Bryzgalov. “I just can’t stop the puck. That’s it. It’s very simple. You can’t ask more from the forwards, they scored eight goals and we’re still losing. Obviously it’s terrible goalie. It’s me.”

http://phillysportsdaily.com/flyers/2011/10/27/bryzgalov-“i-have-zero-confidence-in-myself”/

Now I think this guy is a good goalie, but if he doesn't turn this around quick... Wow!
 

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True it is $51, but lets be honest, the total dollar amount doesn't matter. It could have been $70 million and they would have just tacked on a few more BS years and all would have been fine.

The point is that the team was completely remade around him, and as of now, he says that he has no confidence. It's just a really rough start.
 

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This is a team that relies very heavily on Pronger. He played 33 minutes against the habs in the playoffs two years ago a couple of times. Any team who gives this kind of term - especially to a goalie - is in trouble. Has it worked out for anybody? You have to think that over 11 years someone will develop in the system, Look at Van. Look at NYI. Goalies max should be 5 year deals. With skaters there's a little bit of leeway especially for rich teams but even there these massive deals always hurt teams in the end.

But Philly panicked. Snider panicked. I know Briz is good. I know he plays well under Prongers leadership. But he was crap in the playoffs. No one who was that bad albeit over 4 games but 4 very important games should be getting this kind of deal. Briz is a middle of the pack number one, not an elite goalie - 11 Years - MISTAKE!
 

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The Flyers have allowed the 3rd fewest shots against in the NHL. How bad could the defense be?

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Last night was very weird and I hate making excuses, but it feels like the last 3 games or so a ton of goals scored on the Flyers were weird deflections off the other team and their own. And the Flyers might not be letting up a lot of shots, but there team defense has looked very bad too often, they look really confused.

Bryz can play better and I think he will, but it was pretty strange listening to what he had to say after last nights game.
 

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You almost feel sorry for Bryz after the stuff that he has said. He will come back and begin to put up good numbers, but we are not getting the bounces our way. He had a great start to the season, but has had a really bad run of games. Last nights game was a weird one. All four goalies that got put on the ice weren't playing the best, especially ours.
 

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Flyers goalie poised for a turnaround

Ilya Bryzgalov apparently has found his way out of the woods.

One day after he allowed four goals on 10 shots in a relief role, the Flyers' struggling goalie had his "swagger" back on Friday, according to Jeff Reese, the respected goalie coach and a man who has to be an amateur psychologist, trying to get the veteran back on track.

The Flyers did not practice, but they had a team meeting at the SkateZone in Voorhees. Reese had a long one-on-one session with Bryzgalov, who has lost four in a row and has a 5.05 goals-against average and an .802 save percentage in that span.

"He felt great today. He came in with his swagger, and it's important that his teammates saw him come in like that," Reese said. "He was joking around and laughing, and I think that was very important. He's going to turn this around - no question."

After surrendering three third-period goals in Thursday's wild, 9-8 loss to lowly Winnipeg at the Wells Fargo Center, Bryzgalov said that he was "lost in the woods" and that he had "zero confidence."

Signed to a nine-year, $51 million contract in the offseason, Bryzgalov apologized to the fans and his teammates after Thursday's defeat.

Reese said he thought Bryzgalov, a former Phoenix star, was being "too hard on himself," and said a lot of the goals against him Thursday - and throughout the early part of the season - were on fluky deflections.

"I really don't want to go into what I said to [Bryzgalov] this morning, but it is my job to instill confidence in him," Reese said. "And I'll tell you what, things are going to turn. To me, he still is one of the top five goaltenders in the league."

Entering Friday, Bryzgalov was 50th in the NHL with a 3.45 goals-against average (tied with Vancouver's Roberto Luongo), and his .870 save percentage was 52d.

"In all fairness . . . we've had some strange bounces in these last few games, and you can lose your confidence," Reese said. "Right now, he's in a different situation than he's ever been in before. He's in a different market. I think maybe there are some things that, instead of just going out there and worrying about stopping the puck, he's gotten himself involved in some other things with the press and Twitter. He's just got to simplify and go out and stop the puck."

Bryzgalov is expected to start Saturday night against visiting Carolina.
http://articles.philly.com/2011-10-28/news/30332408_1_ilya-bryzgalov-flyers-goalie-goalie-coach


Daryl, if you want to see how bad the defense is, watch the goals that have been scored. Bad deflections, fluky bounces and blown coverage. Especially on the winner for the Jets. Coburn and Briere just left the guy wide open.
 

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The Flyers have allowed the 3rd fewest shots against in the NHL. How bad could the defense be?

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I did not know they allowed so few shots myself, but I would agree with the idea that the defense has been horrible from the 3 games I watched. They were allowing other teams quality scoring chances and just looked lost in the defensive zone
 

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There was a goal the other night where we had 4 guys looking towards our own goals, all within 4ft of the goals and not one of them was covering a Jet coming right down the centre of them. There have been some really bad passes in our end, the defense has been pinching in the offensive zone and Bryz has played the puck quite a few times when he should have held onto it.
 

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Love Bryz's comment after tonight's game:

Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) was so bad in goal his last few outings, he claimed he was, “lost in the woods.” Look who took a trail back to the win column. “I found the way pretty quick, huh?” Bryzgalov said, laughing. “I found a compass.”
 

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There was a goal the other night where we had 4 guys looking towards our own goals, all within 4ft of the goals and not one of them was covering a Jet coming right down the centre of them. There have been some really bad passes in our end, the defense has been pinching in the offensive zone and Bryz has played the puck quite a few times when he should have held onto it.
Defensive issues, particularly forwards missing assignments will be part and parcel with having so many young guys in important roles. Guys that they traded were older and more responsible but these young kids will figure it out. It is pretty nice for Philly fans to know that their team is still learning to play together but is so deep that even in this apparent crisis mode they're a damn good team.
 

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I think he'll be fine. He's a good goalie, but I never thought he was worth the price that the Flyers bought him at. He'll turn it around but I don't think he'll ever put up numbers consistently that correlate with his contract.
 

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I think he'll be fine. He's a good goalie, but I never thought he was worth the price that the Flyers bought him at. He'll turn it around but I don't think he'll ever put up numbers consistently that correlate with his contract.
Yeah, I second that. I wasn't happy when they released his contract info. Way too much. I would have preferred to stick with Bobrovsky.
 
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