Did Ilya Bryzgalov Overcome His Fear Of Bears In Pittsburgh Last Night? (Videos)

ilya bryzgalov bearsPrior to the start of the Philadelphia Flyers’ first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ilya Bryzgalov was asked what he felt was “the biggest threat that the Penguins have?”  And in true Bryzgalov fashion, he provided yet another epic sound byte to a season that has been full of them, as he calmly stated the following:

“You know, I’m not afraid of anything. I am afraid of bear, but bear is in the forest.”

As you may have expected, that comment resulted in several bears leaving the forest and making the trip to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for Game One last night.

The sight of all those fans dressed in bear costumes appeared to have spooked Bryzgalov during the opening period, as he allowed the Penguins to beat him on three occasions throughout the course of the first 20 minutes of the game.  However, he seemed to get over his fear of bears at some point during the first intermission, as he shut the Pens out the rest of the way, allowing the Flyers to escape with the impressive 4-3 come-from-behind victory.

And with the Game One victory in the bag, teammate Jaromir Jagr was free to poke fun at Bryzgalov’s fear of bears during the post-game interviews.

Check it out.


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