Ilya Bryzgalov's most impressive save Sunday came off the face of Philadelphia Flyers teammate Pavel Kubina.
Bryzgalov used his blocker to shrug off the third-period volley initiated by Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, one of 34 saves in the Flyers' 1-0 victory at Verizon Center. More games like this and maybe "embattled" or any other negative adjective that has described Bryzgalov's tenure in Philly can be stricken.
"Stop worrying about me guys, seriously," Bryzgalov said after his third shutout of the season and 26th of his career. "I think it was an outstanding team effort. As you can see, guys were sacrificing themselves by blocking shots. There were battles in front of the net and around the boards."
These are the type of efforts -- especially against a Washington team that had much more on the line and with Philly's defensive ranks depleted by injuries -- that the Flyers were probably expecting when they traded for Bryzgalov's negotiating rights and then inked him...