Problems in the Flyers nets?
Bryzgalov: “I Have Zero Confidence In Myself”
Through the first 10 games of the season, it doesn’t look like $51 million well spent. Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed nine goals in a 24-hour span and an unfathomable 18 goals in his last four appearances. He has lost five straight and his biggest critic looks to be himself.
“I’m terrible and I want to apologize in front of the fans, in front of my teammates and I don’t know what’s going on,” said Bryzgalov. “I have no answer for you guys. I thought this last game in Montreal was — nothing’s gonna happen worse, but today was even worse.”
Bryzgalov came on in relief of Sergei Bobrovsky in a 5-1 deficit in the second period. The Flyers gave the puck away nine times in the game and allowed the Winnipeg Jets to camp out in front of the net for nine goals. The Flyers haven’t allowed nine goals at home since a game against the original Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 23, 1993 when they lost 9-6.
On Saturday there was a miscommunication between Bryzgalov and defenseman Braydon Coburn on who would take the puck in an exchange at the side of the net. It led to a St. Louis Blues goal. But these days, the goaltender says there are bigger problems.
“We didn’t have problems playing the puck on the ice. Not [Wednesday], not [Thursday],” said Bryzgalov. “I just can’t stop the puck. That’s it. It’s very simple. You can’t ask more from the forwards, they scored eight goals and we’re still losing. Obviously it’s terrible goalie. It’s me.”
As bad as Bryzgalov has looked on paper, three of the four goals he allowed were on slam-dunks when his defense couldn’t clear his crease. Mark Stuart’s goal to make it 8-7 Winnipeg was the only goal that Bryzgalov really should have had. His defenders aren’t willing to let the onus be exclusively on his shoulders.