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Fly-by: Flyers 5, Panthers 0

Thursday, 03.08.2012 / 8:00 PM / 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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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