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05-15-2013, 11:29 AM
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Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov got the start for Russia against Team USA. He was adequate in that game -- neither stellar nor awful -- but outplayed U.S. counterpart Bishop. Bryzgalov allowed one questionable goal among the three he yielded, while two of the five that got past Bishop looked stoppable.

The Russians have rotated three goalies throughout the tourney, with Bryzgalov getting three starts (a 14-save shutout of Belarus, the 5-3 win over the U.S. and a 3-1 win over Slovakia). Overall, his goals against average is 1.33 and save percentage is .934 in his three outings.

Even so, there seems to be less media and fan focus on his overall solid play than on a couple of goals he allowed. There is no mention of the fact that he has outplayed Semyon Varlamov (2-1-0, 2.68 GAA, .908 save percentage) and KHL goaltender Vasili Koshechkin, who was in net for the Russians stunning loss to France. Instead, most of the talk has been about him looking bad on a Branko Radivojevic breakaway goal and "ducking away" from a deflected U.S. goal (that was not the questionable goal I was referring to) that started out about knee-high and ended up around chin-high when it jumped off a stick.

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