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03-11-2012, 05:23 PM
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We talked about this, looking at the schedule and what was coming up,” Laviolette said before the game.

“The back-to-back and the fact Bryz has played 11 in a row, every other night, pretty much. It’s a chance to get a fresh goaltender in there.”

Bryzgalov went 8-2 during the 11 starts with a no decision. His goals against average was 1.95 and his save percentage was .929.

“You look at the schedule and what you have available, we got a guy who has been waiting and wants to get in there and play and this is a perfect spot to get him in there, as opposed to running Bryz down,” Laviolette said.

“When we started to look at it, we said we wanted to collect as many sets of two points as we can. We got New Jersey in a couple games here [on Tuesday, too]. This is where it’s coming up back-to-back, and the travel, and losing an hour, and the fact he started 11 in a row.

“This makes a lot of sense putting Bob in there. We got a lot of faith in Bob. He’s played well in New Jersey. We feel like we have a real good, young goalie with lots of energy in there tonight.”

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