The Philadelphia Flyers were out hustled in their 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. They were out shot, out shone and out hustled. Aside from the first 10-15 minutes of the game, the Flyers were a disaster.
Some fans have turned to Ilya Bryzgalov as the scapegoat for the loss. My first question is what game were these people watching?
If not for Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers could have been down after the 1st period. If anything, Bryzgalov fended the Devils off and kept the Flyers miraculously ahead after 2 periods. The Flyers were murdered on the ice in the 2nd period, with the Devils dictating the pace and dominating the Flyers’ defensive zone. The fact that it took the Devils until the third to score was amazing. And it had nothing to do with anyone on the team except Bryzgalov.
Sure, Bryz slammed his stick on the ice after giving up the 2nd goal. He was frustrated. He should have been. The team in front of him wasn’t playing good hockey. Hell, they weren’t even playing BAD hockey.
You don’t fail to get a shot off for 18 minutes of a period because the goalie didn’t play well. That’s on the team. The offense was inept and the defense was even worse.
Ilya Bryzgalov has had his moments this season. There can be no questions about that. But this game was not on him.
Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and the entire Flyers defense has to be better. The whole team has to be better. I can’t think of a single Flyers player, aside from Bryzgalov, that I could point to as having a decent game on Tuesday night.
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