Posted March 04, 2012 on AP on Fox
Eric Wellwood scored less than a minute after Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout to give his players an earful, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night. Bryzgalov earned his third shutout of the season, and the 26th of his career, even though the Flyers were missing two defensemen who sat out with injuries: Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, a two-time league MVP, played fewer minutes than most of Washington's other forwards and was held without a goal for the seventh time in his last 10 games. Washington has lost two games in a row - both at home, both shutouts - following a three-game winning streak. Buoyed by a raucous group of Flyers fans in the stands, Philadelphia moved within two points of the Pittsburgh Penguins for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington, meanwhile, remained stuck in ninth in the East, one spot out of the playoff picture. It was an eventful, if scoreless, first period. About 5 1/2 minutes into the game, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer decked Erik Gustafsson along the boards, then fought Scott Hartnell. Both Brouwer and Hartnell were sent to the penalty box. A few minutes later, there was a near-skirmish right in front of Bryzgalov, with a half-dozen players pushing and shoving and yammering before the officials separated them. Without Timonen and Meszaros - both out indefinitely with what the Flyers said are lower-body injuries - Bryzgalov needed to play well, and he did. Making a sixth straight start, Bryzgalov was tested frequently, including when he made saves on shots by Alexander Semin and Mathieu Perreault in quick succession during the first period. About 7 minutes into the second, Capitals forward Mike Knuble broke behind the Flyers defense for a 1-on-1 chance, but Bryzgalov kicked the puck aside. Right after that, Laviolette called time and gave his players an animated talking-to, gesturing all the while. Sure enough, less than a minute later, the Flyers reacted by taking the lead at the 7:51 mark on left wing Wellwood's second goal in six games this season. That ended a dubious streak: In each of the Flyers last nine games, they had allowed the first goal. In Philadelphia's previous outing, at home Thursday, it trailed the New York Islanders 1-0 after only 95 seconds, prompting Laviolette to call time and rip into his players. Worked that night, too: The Flyers came away with a 6-3 victory. NOTES: As usual, Washington's fans booed any time former Capitals forward Jaromir Jagr touched the puck. Jagr played in Washington from 2001-04. ... Sitting out Sunday ended Timonen's streak of consecutive games at 248, the Flyers' longest active run. ... The Capitals recalled G Braden Holtby from Hershey of the American Hockey League as an emergency backup, because Tomas Vokoun has a lower-body injury. The last time Holtby was brought up to Washington, on Feb. 13, he played for the only time this season and lost to San Jose 5-3. ... Philadelphia's next game is at home on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings. ... The Capitals host Carolina on Tuesday night. ... Philadelphia has won two of three games against Washington this season; they finish the series March 22 at Philadelphia.

Bryzgalov lives up to billing against Caps

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...

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from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Sacramento Bee, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov looks as if he is finally starting to get his mojo back. Or as the Five-Man Electrical Band put it, long before Bryzgalov was born: “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign ... Sign: Bryzgalov stopped four of five shots as the Flyers actually won a shootout (Stop the presses!) in Calgary...

Flyers Recall Eric Wellwood

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 5-11, 180-lb LW Eric Wellwood from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.  Wellwood will be available for the club’s game at Washington on Sunday night and will wear #47. This is the fourth recall of the season for Wellwood, who turns 22 on Tuesday...

Flyers Ds Timonen, Meszaros out indefinitely

Philadelphia Flyers defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros are out indefinitely with lower-body injuries. Sitting out Sunday night against the Washington Capitals ended Timonen's streak of consecutive games at 248, the Flyers' longest active run. He has two goals and 34 assists in 63 games this season. Meszaros has seven goals and 18 assists in 62 games this season...

Flyers Hope Their ‘Sweater Streak’ Continues

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News, On Monday at practice, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was asked whether an important on-ice ceremony – like watching Mark Howe’s No. 2 being raised to the rafters tonight at the Wells Fargo Center – can help motivate his players. Initially, I dismissed the notion. How could a player who most of these current...

Flyers are Down on D… Again

Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros has been listed as out indefinitely, leaving the Flyers short defenseman, once again. The Philadelphia Flyers made moves near the NHL trade deadline to bolster a defense that was sorely missing Chris Pronger. It’s a good thing that Paul Holmgren targeted defense, because two more of the Flyers’ top defensemen, All Star Kimmo Timonen and Andrej...

Flyers Beat Washington 1-0 Behind Outstanding Effort By Bryzgalov

Game notes: Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his third shutout of the season.  He is just the third Flyers goaltender to record three shutouts in a season since the lockout (Biron 5, 07-08; Emery 3, 09-10).  The game was the Flyers’ first 1-0 win since Dec. 30, 2007 at Florida (Niittymaki). Claude Giroux took 10 faceoffs tonight, the fewest he’s taken in a game this season.  The Flyers’...

Tim Panaccio: Flyers Embracing the New Bryz

You never know what you're going to get on a particular day when you walk into a dressing room. After watching Ilya Bryzgalov over the last several weeks, I feel he has gotten his act together since coming back from the flu. Yeah, he had a couple gaffes in giving up the first goal on the first shot, but his game seems to be getting better. He exudes confidence. There...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: 3/5/12

Over the course of the Flyers' recent westerly road trip and home victory over the Islanders, Ilya Bryzgalov's game started to come together. There were still some letdowns and potentially stoppable early-game goals against, but the goaltender increasingly stepped up in crunch time. Last night, it all came together in a 1-0 road win in Washington. By the early stages...

Kimmo Timonen, Andrej Meszaros Out Indefinitely

Paul Holmgren: "Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros will be out indefinitely with lower body injuries." [Via Flyers]

Ilya Bryzgalov: Puck Stopping Philosopher

"He's the Plato of hockey and he don't give a puck."

GDT - Game #67:  Red Wings at Flyers (7:00)

After going 2-3-1 in their past six games, DET (43-20-3) are now second in the Central Division.  Although even with STL at 89 points, the Blues own the tie-breaker, having one more regulation/overtime win.  The to-be-avoided-at-all-costs 4-5 matchup, today, would see DET opening the playoffs against NSH (2-7 match-up would be against PHX).  Things won’t be easy for the Wings...

Bill Meltzer: Flyers Gameday: 3/6/12 vs Red Wings (Mark Howe Night)

PREVIEW 4 AM EST Looking for their third consecutive victory and fourth in the last five games, the Philadelphia Flyers (36-21-7) return to home ice tonight to take on the always-dangerous Detroit Red Wings (43-20-3) at the Wells Fargo Center on Mark Howe Jersey Retirement Night. The ceremony will take place prior to the start of tonight's game at 7 p.m. EST. Both the Howe...

Bryz Gets The Start Against Washington

The Flyers announced that Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight against the Washington Capitals. A preview of tonight's matchup is here.

Morning Skate: March 5

The Morning After:Yesterday’s results:Rangers 4, Bruins 3Islanders 1, Devils 0Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1Panthers 4, Senators 2Stars 3, Flames 2 (SO)Flyers 1, Capitals 0Avalanche 2, Wild 0RLD 3 stars of the night:1. Ilya Bryzgalov, PHI (34 saves, shutout)2. Semyon Varlamov, COL (30 saves, shutout)3. Anders Nilsson, NYI (24 saves, shutout)---Tonight’s slate:Coyotes @ Penguins, 7...
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