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NEW YORK - Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, New
Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak have been named the NHLs Three Stars for the week ending March 11.
FIRST STAR ILYA BRYZGALOV, G, PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Bryzgalov posted a 3-0-0 record, 0.65 goals-against average and .979 save
percentage in three starts as the Flyers (39-22-7, 85 points) earned six out of a possible eight points. He began the week by making 37 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings March 6. Bryzgalov then recorded back-to-back shutouts, making 28 stops in a 5-0 win against the Florida Panthers March 8 and 29 saves, plus another two in the shootout, in a 1-0 victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs March 10. The Togliatti, Russia native hasnt allowed a goal in 136:13 dating to the third period of Tuesdays game against Detroit. He is 27-13-6 with a 2.59 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and five shutouts in 49 appearances during his first season with the Flyers.
SECOND STAR ILYA KOVALCHUK, LW, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Kovalchuk led all skaters with five goals and nine points as the Devils (40-24-5, 85
points) won four consecutive games. He had a goal and an assist in 4-1 victory against the
New York Rangers March 6, recorded his 13th career hat trick in a 5-1 win against the New
York Islanders March 8, collected an assist on the game-winning goal in 2-1 decision at the
New York Islanders March 10 and closed the week with a goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers March 11. The Tver, Russia native has scored at least 30 goals in nine consecutive NHL seasons, making him only the third player born outside North America to accomplish that feat. He is sixth in the League with 71 points (30 goals, 41 assists) and has 11-2031 and a 8 rating in 21 games since the All-Star break.
THIRD STAR JAROSLAV HALAK, G, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Halak went 3-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .962 save percentage as the
Blues (45-18-7, 97 points) won four straight to move into first place in the League standings.
He made 19 saves in a 5-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks March 6, 24 stops in a 3-1
victory against the Anaheim Ducks March 8 and 33 saves in a 2-1 win at the Columbus Blue
Jackets March 11. Halak has won a career-high eight consecutive games dating to Feb. 23,
allowing no more than two goals in any of those starts. The Bratislava, Slovakia native ranks
second in the NHL with a 1.84 goals-against average and has a 24-10-5 record with a .928
save percentage and six shutouts in 40 appearances.
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No one can deny how well Ilya Bryzgalov has played for the Philadelphia Flyers as of late. After months of waiting for Bryz to play like the goalie he was expected to be, he has finally stepped up. With 3 shutouts in his last 4 games, and 5 straight wins, it appears the ship is righting itself. But is it possible that some of the bumps Bryzgalov has sustained along the way could...
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Jakub Voracek scored in his return from a head injury and rookie Sean Couturier tallied for just the second time in 24 contests...
I'm pretty sure that there're a lot of teams who would kill for the "problem" that the Blues are having. I really haven't heard of anyone saying "oh, gosh, poor St. Louis -- they have the top goaltending tandem in the league. That must be so tough for them."
It could be worse. This card could be titled "Money For Nothing"*
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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a huge contract last summer in hopes he would end their goaltending problems. Right now, he’s play even better than they could have expected.
Bryzgalov, the reigning First Star of the Week, stopped 17 shots for his third straight shutout and fourth in five games as the Flyers blanked New Jersey 3-0 on Tuesday night...
The New Jersey Devils fell to the Philadelphia Flyers in the second game of a home-and-home series tonight by a score of 3-0. After a strong defensive first period, the Devils had a hard time getting anything going offensively. Flyers' goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov collected his fourth shutout in five games; the Flyers now sit alone in fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 87...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An energized Jaroslav Halak carried his tired teammates to another win.
Halak made 33 saves, and David Perron broke a tie early in the third period to help the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.
Patrik Berglund also scored for St. Louis. The Blues, coming off a 4-1 victory...
With their defense and special teams leading the way, the red-hot St. Louis Blues are nearing their first division title since 2000.
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Match-up - Devils (40-24-5 - 85 points) @ Flyers (39-22-7 - 85 points)
Road/Home records - 21-12-2 -------------- 17-10-5
TV - MSG Plus 2, TCN-Philly
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Devils lead 3-2
Last 10: New Jersey 5-4-1 / Philadelphia 7-3-0
Projected starting goalies - Martin Brodeur (NJ) vs. Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per...