Found May 08, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
In an utterly bizarre game, Ilya Bryzgalov gave up a terrible goal and yet kept a Philadelphia Flyers team that seemed to forget how to play defense and how to score goals in a game the New Jersey Devils almost easily won, first off-side goal included, by a 3-1 tally, capturing the series in 5 games. The Devils advance to face the winner of the Washington-New York series in the Eastern Conference Finals, while the Flyers face off-season questions regarding their goaltending, defense and scoring despite playing superbly during the regular season and first round against the favored Penguins. Highlights will follow shortly.

Why you heff be mad? Is just bad goal allowed by Ilya Bryzgalov

This wasn't the greatest, most consistent season for Ilya Bryzgalov. The Russian netminder, playing in his first year with the Philadelphia Flyers, was a roller coaster ride unto himself during the regular season. He could go from dramatic highs of shut out streaks to miserable lows. The celebrity status given to him on HBO's NHL 24/7 and the Philadelphia press might'...

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Take down the Wells Fargo Center ice: Devils beat Flyers, 3-1, to take series in five games

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Holmgren wants Bryzgalov to focus next season

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren calls his team's season ''decent.'' That's not good enough in Philadelphia. The Flyers cleaned out their lockers on Thursday and said their farewells for the summer. They were eliminated by New Jersey in a five-game series in the Eastern Conference semifinals that ended on Tuesday. Holmgren says he wants to see improvement...

Holmgren wants Bryzgalov to look forward

Ilya Bryzgalov had plenty of time this season to babble on about bears, the universe, the woods, and other arcane bits of knowledge. He kept quiet on Thursday. Staying out of the locker room on the day Philadelphia packed up and headed home might be the first sign the Flyers' quirky goalie learned a lesson that he's paid $51 million to win games and not play the room like...

Seriously?? Flyers’ Season Ends With 3-1 Loss

Kimmo Timonen twirled and dished the puck back, deeper into the Flyers‘ zone to try to shake a pressuring attacker. The puck landed on Ilya Bryzgalov‘s stick and by the time he could look up, David Clarkson was bearing down hot and heavy. With panic in his eyes, Bryzgalov tried to saucer the puck out of harm’s way. It was a Bryzaster. Ultimately, Clarkson’s series-clinching...

How Did Holmgren Do?

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Flyers Have Plenty to Be Proud Of and To Look Forward To

The fact that there were any hopes of a Stanley Cup in Philadelphia this year is a testament to what the Flyers were able to accomplish this season. Before the season began, I wrote about the fact that no one really knew what to expect from this Flyers team. There were a lot of variables and a lot of question marks. The 2011-12 Flyers needed to establish an identity. They needed...

Brick City Sweep! - Devils Push Flyers to the Brink!

It’s safe to say, we had momentum coming into this game and well, we still have it! Maybe it’s a bit higher now that the Devils have a commanding 3-1 series lead! We very well knew that the Flyers would give it their all to try and tie up the series at 2. But hey, let’s not forget that they’re playing the NEW JERSEY DEVILS so anything the Flyers have “to say” means...

Patient Devils eliminate Flyers, reach conference finals

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Devils 3, Flyers 1

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Devils-Flyers Recap

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