- Ilya Bryzgalov tied a Flyers record with his third consecutive shutout tonight, joining John Vanbiesbrouck as the only other goaltender to do so. Vanbiesbrouck recorded three consecutive shutouts from October 20-24, 1999.
- Vanbiesbrouck was involved in one other span of three consecutive shutouts. The Flyers shut out their opponent three games in a row from Jan. 7-13, 1999. Vanbiesbrouck was the sole goaltender in the first and third game of those three, and relieved Ron Hextall during the second game, thus splitting the shutout.
- Bryzgalov extended his shutout streak to 196:13.
- Sixteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on net tonight.
- Hits were 38-32 tonight in favor of New Jersey. Braydon Coburn led the Flyers with seven hits. He also had three blocked shots and his 100th NHL assist.
- The Devils had three shots on goal in the third period. It’s the third time this season in six games against the Devils that the Flyers have held them to three or fewer shots in the third period. New Jersey had three shots in the third on October 8 (Flyers 2 at NJ 0) and had one shot in the third on February 4 (New Jersey 6 at Flyers 4).
- New Jersey’s 17 shots were the second-fewest allowed by the Flyers in a game this season (16 at Tampa Bay, 12/27/11).
- Claude Giroux was 10-for-13 (77 percent) on faceoffs.
Quotes and video highlights are after the jump.
Flyers right wing Danny Briere
Q: On the goal
“Relief, probably. I think that was a perfect example of some who’s not playing with a lot of confidence on the first shot. Ninety Nine percent of the time, I would have faked a shot and gone around the defensemen, but I was so nervous, I tried to rush it, just like I’ve been the last few games. Hopefully now I can relax a little bit and start scoring more goals. It was frustrating lately, especially when the chances were there. The one in the second period when Jake fed it back door, I mean, it was flat all of the way and then at the last second it hit a rut, went and jumped over my stick. That’s exactly the way it was going lately, but I guess this is a big relief and a huge win for us, too.”
Q: Have you seen a guy less enthused about a three game shutout streak than Bryz?
“I’m sure inside he is. I mean, with everything he had to go through this year, it has to be something special for him. Finally he is playing with a lot of confidence. There was a point blank shot in the third period and it looked like nothing. He just went down, took the blocker out and deflected the puck in the corner. To us on the bench, this is a huge play, it’s a huge chance for them and you’re sitting on their end and you see Bryz making a casual save like that and it’s like ‘Oh, maybe not. Maybe that wasn’t even a good chance.” And the other team is not able to create any momentum from it, so it’s been fun. He makes all of us look better playing that way. It’s fun for us as well.”
Q: This is the second time in Flyers history a goalie has had three shutouts in a row. Have you played with a goalie that’s been this hot before?
“I mean, I’ve been around a long time. I’m getting old, but I’ve played with goalies that have been on hot streaks. I can’t remember being part of three straight shutouts though.”
Q: Danny, did you think it was odd when you saw Brodeur skate out of the net when he did?
“To be honest, I had no clue until Jake got the puck and he rushed it out of the zone. Just by the reaction of the crowd, I knew there was something going on and I looked up and there was no goalie. That’s when I realized. All I was thinking was try to get open for him. I has the feeling, knowing Jake, he’s gonna try to get me out of the slump, so I owe him a dinner at least.”
Q: Coach said this morning that he had confidence in you and he predicted you’d have a big game tonight. You might not have been feeling the confidence, but is it nice to hear that coach was?
“Yes, you know what, I’ll be honest with you guys. Peter had a pretty good talk yesterday. Gave me a lot of confidence with the talk that we had. I have to give him a lot of credit for the way he made me feel coming into tonight’s game. It was a good feeling. Playing with Jake, too, I’m hoping that we’re able to build something. You have to give a lot of credit to Wellwood, too. I thought Eric played tremendous. He was skating, created some chances, was first on the forecheck all over the ice.”
Q: Could you give us a little bit specifics of what you guys kind of talked about a little bit? What he told you?
“Just about my game. Just trying to tell me to stay with it. Good things were gonna happen if you worked the right way and keep creating chances, at some point, it’s gonna work out.”
Q: You mentioned you’re a veteran guy, though. It’s still nice to hear those things? You know what you need to do to get out of it, but it’s still nice to hear those things?
“Yeah, we saw Bryz earlier said kind of the same thing. When things aren’t going your way, confidence is something that can carry you a long way or take you out of the way. Yeah, it was nice, I have to give him credit for that.”
Q: Danny, for the last two weeks, Bryz has refused to talk about himself. Even tonight, after the game he talks about the team. How much has that helped him, do you think, and steadied him? You said that that happened in a meeting, but how much has that changed his game?
“Oh boy, I don’t know. I don’t think that’s the reason why he’s playing so well. I think confidence has a lot to do with it, He just needed to get in a groove. We saw it before the shutout streak. He was playing well. I go back to the two games that we lost in Edmonton and San Jose where he played great, we just didn’t give him any goal support. So, he’s been going on for at least three or four weeks now that he’s been playing well.”
Q: I guess what I was getting at is do you think he’s taking some pressure off of himself. It’s not him, it’s the whole team. Before, he maybe thought he had to do it all?
“Well, I went through the same thing my first year. You come in with a big contract, there’s lots of expectations, you put a lot of pressure on yourself and you want to perform. You know how passionate the people of Philadelphia are and you want to give back. And sometimes it works against you, so I know how hard it was for him to fight through it, but you have to give him credit for the way he’s been playing lately.”
Q: Did you and Sean have a special pre-game meal, since he also snapped a (inaudible)?
“No, we had a nice dinner with the kids last night, that’s about all I can say.”
Q: Have you given much thought though, one roommate hadn’t scored in almost two months and the other, 66 days? You being the 66 days.
“Oh really? Thanks! No, to be honest, I knew that both of us were in a little bit of a funk, but I didn’t know how long it was for him. It’s gonna be a big relief in the household.”
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen
Q: How’d you feel tonight?
“Well, I haven’t skated for 7 days, which is quite a long time during the season but…a little rusty. Playing the right side is a little different for me but we got two points, we played a really good game, Bryz was really good in the net…and that was kind of a playoff game, the way we played, so hopefully we can keep it going that way. I’m happy to be back.”
Q: When you look at 8 weeks earlier, who would’ve thought Bryz would be in a position to do what he’s done now? He just became the second Flyer goalie in history to have 3 straight shutouts—
“Definitely not you guys, I’ll tell you that.”
“But, it’s not easy to come from a different team with totally different expectations. You know, you talk about Phoenix media, there’s not much pressure. You come here to Philly and it’s a lot more media, a lot more pressure and it takes time. It was and adjustment time for him, I’m sure. He looks more happy now, more comfortable, he’s playing with a lot of confidence. That happens when you’re goalie plays well—you win games. I hate to say that but that’s 50, 60 percent of you’re team. “
Q: You’ve talked in the past about the importance of playing well at home, and you guys have played well on the road all year but, I think you can see a difference in this team in the month of March…
“If you don’t win home games you’re not going to win the Stanley Cup and that’s the bottom line of it. The same goes for the road games too, if you don’t win games on the road you’re not going to win [the Cup]. We’ve been really solid throughout the year on the road but sometimes you come home and you think things are going to happen easier but they wont. It looks like the last couple of weeks we’ve really been focused coming to the game, coming to the rink and everybody individually is ready to play and good things will happen. There are no passengers, there are five guys out there, Bryz the net so….it’s a solid team effort.”
Q: A couple of years ago you were in that situation coming here from a different kind of market. Did it take you time to adjust?
“It did and it’s not easy. You know, at that time I signed a big deal too and it’s a lot more pressure. You expect yourself to play well every night and obviously when we talk about goalies, it’s totally different as a player. Obviously he [Bryz] wasn’t having a great start like he was hoping and maybe the pressure was getting up there but now he’s, like I said, he feels comfortable, he looks happy and he’s happy coming to the rink and that’s a big thing. “
Q: He doesn’t look happy to us, he doesn’t look happy for us, in front of us…But in front of you guys…
“There’s always….you have to remember, like myself, there’s probably two personalities. It’s a media personality and then there’s a locker room [personality] with the guys. Some guys are different.”
Q: So with you guys he’s pleasant?
“He’s happy, yeah. He’s talking and he’s happy and you can tell he’s really comfortable.”