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Ilya Bryzgalov’s Give-Away Leads To Series-Losing Goal (Video)

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, May 9, 2012

bryzgalov give-away goal loses series for flyersIt would be great to have a few beers with Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. I mean, there aren’t many hockey players who are experts on Russian liqueurs, endangered species, and Chinese law. And I’d dare to guess that there even fewer hockey players who like to wax philosophic on mankind’s place in the cosmos and the nature of the universe.

So, yeah, Ilya really is one of a kind, and he’d probably be great to have as a friend. However, at this point, I’d be a little hesitant to have him as my team’s goalie.

Last night, in Game 5 of the Flyers’ second round series against the New Jersey Devils, Bryzgalov tried to shoot the puck past hard-charging Devils forward David Clarkson. Unfortunately, the puck hit the shaft of Clarkson’s stick and went directly into the net. Check out the play for yourself:

This fluke goal put the Devils up 2-1, and they held on for a 3-1 victory to close out the series.

It was a bizarre end to a perplexing season for Ilya Bryzgalov. The Flyers overhauled their roster after last season’s second-round playoff exit, ditching stars Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and signing Ilya to a 9-year, $51 million deal that has an annual cap hit of $5.67 million until the dude is 40 years old.

Now Richards and Carter are playing for the King’s in the Western Conference Finals against Mike Smith, the goalie who replaced Bryzgalov in Phoenix.

Have fun the next 8 years, Flyers fans!

Hat Tip – [Puck Daddy]