The All-Purpose Bryz Thread #6
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07-26-2012, 10:04 PM
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If average shots against is any indicator, our best defensive months overall were October (avg 26 shots per game...had Pronger), December (27..I recall Timonen and Couturier being exceptional), and March (27...toned back forecheck to account for rookies on D). Bryz was pretty damned bad at times in October and December;
bad. On top of that, our defense in March wasn't that great overall due to injuries and an influx of rookies; There was a lot of inconsistency from game to game that simply isn't present in the other months. If you'll remember, some of our wins in March came because Bryz bailed the team out in games where he was taking a buttload of heat. A lot of his wins in March came when the team was allowing 30+ shots...not indicative of great defensive play.
So...like I've been saying. The defense wasn't that big of a factor for Bryz's numbers in March. The biggest factor was Bryzgalov getting his own game together, finally, after 5 months. There was a game against TB in December where we held them to 16 shots (a great defensive performance) and Bryz let in 5 goals. That example doesn't exactly establish a positive correlation between defensive performance and Bryz's own performance.
Bryz did great in March not because the defense dragged him along/picked him up/whatever, but because Bryz was flat out great in March on his own accord. I don't get why you two are so eager to give Bryz less credit for his performance in that month; I guess so you can falsely blame the D for his obvious deficiencies the rest of the year?
he was definitely up and down. maybe I'm wrong but i remember weak lazy defensive plays in bad areas that directly led to goals and i read his bad play after as a confidence thing that got compounded by the contract. It was definitely his fault that he had some of the bad games he did but i can understand what happened and i watched him play a lot in phoenix and he needed to adjust his game. we are a different team. he thought "well i was awesome in phoenix, I'm really gonna kick ass in philly" just like everyone else and this season turned into a major project in terms of everyone adjusting to everyone else with him struggling the most. i just get mad when he's written off as a failure and a mistake that needs to be bought out. its that "time to move on" attitude that drives me nuts. he just got here. so the only conclusion i can come to about those opinions are that those people just hate him and either never watched him play or had other ideas about who we should've gotten. so i pretty much agree with what you said up there. we'll find out soon tho. i can't wait for this **** to start tho. I'm sitting here watching the winter classic practice like a psycho on NHL network. I'm dyin ova here. my wife thinks I'm a mental patient.
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