Posted October 11, 2011 on AP on Fox
The acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov appears to have solved the Philadelphia Flyers' goaltending issues of last season. Bryzgalov, though, may face his toughest test yet from the Vancouver Canucks' Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Philadelphia looks to win its third straight home opener when it faces Vancouver on Wednesday night. The Flyers (2-0-0) revamped their roster in the offseason, and trading for the right to negotiate a long-term deal with the former Phoenix All-Star goalie may have been their most important move. Brian Boucher, Michael Leighton and Sergei Bobrovsky combined to allow 38 goals in 11 playoff games last season, making the need for a more proven goaltender more pressing. So far, Bryzgalov seems to have stabilized the position. He has stopped 42 of 43 shots faced through two games, making 20 saves for his 24th career shutout in a 3-0 victory over New Jersey on Saturday. ''I can't say enough about the whole team work ethic,'' said Bryzgalov, ...
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