The All-Purpose Bryz Thread #6
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07-26-2012, 11:21 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Chicken Capital,PA
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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?
Yup. Like I stated earlier, up until the finals we were in the top 3 for least amount of shots against. Yet however we were in the bottom 3 for goals against.
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