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Simmonds, Bryzgalov earn NHL honors

Monday, 04.2.2012 / 3:27 PM ET / News
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Simmonds, Bryzgalov earn NHL honors
Wayne Simmonds has never been named the First Star of the Week by the NHL. After going through a bit of a slump in March after a dominant February, Simmonds seems to have brought his all-around game back recently.

Scoring: Simmonds posted goals in four straight games, which included five goals and an assist in that span.

Defense: Simmonds posted a plus-minus-rating of plus-1.

Toughness: One of the goals Simmonds scored was a deflection off of his face. Simmonds would get stitched up, throw on a half-shield and finish the game. But the truly remarkable part of his injury came the very next game when his eye was practically swollen shut and he dropped the gloves and fought in the final minutes of the Flyers-Pens game.

It's safe to say that's an all-around good week, and the NHL seems to agree as well by officially naming him the week's First Star earlier this morning.

“Yeah it is the first time, it’s a great honor," said Simmonds. "Yesterday I had a little bit of trouble seeing but I don’t think it made much of a difference. I still went out there and played as hard as I possibly could. Obviously I think that’s the most painful goal that I’ll ever score in my NHL career [laughter] …I don’t hope to do that again, but it was worth it.”

Simmonds wasn't the only Flyer to be honored this morning by the NHL.

After wrapping up the penultimate month of the regular season, the NHL named it's First Star of the Month, which went to Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and his incredible play in March.

Bryzgalov posted a record of 10-2-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average and .947 save
percentage

He recorded four shutouts, the most of any NHL goaltender on the month, which included three consecutive no-no's from March 8-13 and setting a franchise record with a 249:43 shutout streak in the process.

During his week, Simmonds scored once in a 5-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 26 and recorded two goals and an assist in a 7-1 victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs three days later.

He followed that up with a flat out gutsy performance on the weekend.

He took the now famous goal off of his face in a shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday and scored, at the time, the go-ahead goal in the Flyers-Penguins game to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead in the third period after coming back from an 0-2 deficit.

"I think at the beginning of the year, I didn’t want to put numbers on myself, I didn’t want to create pressure for myself," added Simmonds. "I came in and wanted to be a lot better offensively than last year. I wanted to get back to the production than I had in my second year."

Nearing the end of a career regular season in just his fourth year in the NHL, Simmonds has shattered his career-high in goals with 27 and points with 48, up from 16 and 40 from two seasons ago.

"I think last year was a bit of a down year for me and I knew I was a lot better player than that so anything after 40 would be awesome for me and it’s been great. Like I said, I’ve been in most situations, I never really played power play before this year and I think that’s helped out a lot.”

Bryzgalov's month of March saw him rattle off seven consecutive victories and allow two or fewer goals in 11 straight games, becoming the first Flyers goaltender to do so since Bernie Parent in 1975.

He was honored twice during the month being named the First Star of the Week for Mar. 5-11 and again for a second straight week from Mar. 12-18. Bryzgalov was the first player to earn the honor in consecutive weeks in the entire NHL this season.

Recently however, Bryzgalov has been sidelined for the last three games after suffering a chip fracture in his right foot in the Flyers-Lightning game on March 26.

Overall, Bryzgalov has a 32-15-7 record with a 2.46 GAA and .910 save percentage in 57 appearances between the pipes this season, his first with the Flyers.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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