Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/11/12

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov reportedly said many of the city's hockey fans forget that players "are not robots, living people."

Bryzgalov, whose team was eliminated by the New Jersey Devils this week, criticized the Philadelphia fans in a Russian-language interview with SovSport.

"What I lived through this season I wouldn't wish to an enemy," Bryzgalov said Thursday. ". . . I need to keep working. I understand the fans. They paid their money and want the show. But many forget that we are not robots, but living people. We have feelings, worries."

Bryzgalov had a 33-16 record and a 2.50 goals-against average in the first year of a nine-year free agent deal with the Flyers. He allowed at least three goals in all but one of his 11 playoff games this spring.

"I got very tired this season, to be honest," he said. ". . . Now I know what it's like to be a goaltender in Philadelphia. Maybe from the outside it looks like there's nothing to it. You only realize it on your own."

Bryzgalov had played parts of five seasons in Anaheim and then four full seasons before coming to Philadelphia. He has taken a lot of the criticism for the Flyers' struggles this postseason.

"People are so concentrated on the negative that they only see the bad in me," Bryzgalov said. "But I think you need to be kinder to each other.

"I have eight more years to work under my contract with Philadelphia," Bryzgalov said. "If I am criticized, then I will endure it. You can't tie up people's tongues. It is their right to let the emotions go."

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