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Fly-by: Flyers 5, Panthers 0

Thursday, 03.8.2012 / 8:00 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 5, Panthers 0

   
       Laviolette 
  Giroux    Briere   Bryzgalov
ALL BRYZ-NESS... AGAIN
Ilya Bryzgalov was hearing the chants. Bryz! Bryz! Bryz!

Partly because he had just made more than a few great saves to keep the Panthers off the board.

Partly because by the game's final buzzer he stopped all 28 shots he faced for yet another shutout.

But mostly because that shutout was his second in less than a week's span, third in just over a month and fourth of the season.

What's clear is that Bryz is dialed in, and has been for a while.

"He seems pretty locked in right now.  He’s preparing, he’s going out there, he’s executing, and then he gets ready for the next one," said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.

"It’s more mechanical now, not his game or anything, just what he’s doing.  He’s dialed in from day to day.  He works hard in practice, he gets ready for the game, he goes out and does what he has to do and focuses on the next day when it comes.”

Bryzgalov now has a 1.25 GAA and a .960 save percentage during the Flyers’ current four-game winning streak. 

Tonight's game was his 10th start in-a-row, which is the the longest starting streak since Sergei Bobrovsky started 12 games in-a-row last season.
The Flyers finished the night with an 18-6 advantage in blocked shots.
 
Brandon Manning became the 12th rookie to play for the Flyers this season and the seventh to make his regular-season NHL debut.
 
Matt Read’s goal was his 19th of the season, moving him past Gabriel Landeskog for the league lead in goals scored among rookies.
 
The Flyers received three of their five goals from rookies.  They now have 49 goals scored by rookies this season, which is 22.7 percent of the team’s total of 216.
 
Claude Giroux recorded his 23rd multi-point game of the season.  He has 55 assists on the season, jumping him two past Henrik Sedin for the league lead.

Ilya Bryzgalov
For the second time in a week Ilya Bryzgalov gets tonight's Flyers star.

And for the second time in a week, Bryz shut the door for yet another shutout, his fourth of the season and 27th of his NHL career.

Bryzgalov recorded 28 saves in total including several scoring chances on two power-plays with under 10 minutes to go in the game to preserve the victory.

"Yeah I think so. I think I got most out this morning. The guys were great helping me get dressed. I actually got in a game with Lils this year in Adirondack so that helped."
- Brandon Manning

"I think a lot of things are coming together on the ice. Even though we've had some injuries and stuff, it seems like we're playing tighter defensively, not doing too many fancy plays and we're scoring some goals as well."
- Scott Hartnell
Tonight's turning point came eight minutes into the opening period when Florida was threatening to take the opening goal. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped a wide open Shawn Matthias who was in all alone and stopped two prime scoring opportunities.

Just two minutes later the Flyers were awarded a power play where Brayden Schenn gave them a 1-0 lead.

From there the Flyers would add four more tallies, but the saves by Bryz and Schenn's goal would be all that the Flyers needed to grab another two points and a fourth straight win.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Ilya Bryzgalov dives to make a save on Stephen Weiss.  

Flyers 5, Panthers 0
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves to record his second shutout in three games and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 5-0 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr and Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.

Bryzgalov has finally played like the goalie the Flyers expected when they gave him a $51 million, nine-year contract. After struggling much of the season, he's 7-2 with a 2.10 goals-against average while making 10 straight starts.

  FULL RECAP

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 76 21 55 7 76
C. Giroux 75 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 76 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 76 13 17 1 30
M. Del Zotto 58 9 20 -5 29
M. Read 74 7 22 -7 29
M. Raffl 61 20 6 7 26
V. Lecavalier 52 7 11 -10 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 15 17 11 .927 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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