The All-Purpose Goaltending Thread XI
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05-20-2013, 08:35 AM
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Join Date: May 2010
So Bryz was average at the worlds....barely above 90% Sv percentage and rarely made "momentum saves in marqee games" on breakdowns.
Inspires a lot of confidence but I suppose it's the media's fault...
Ilya Bryzgalov (G, Russia): Bryzgalov's tournament play for Russia was rather similar to his performance for the Flyers, and the reception it received. There was more focus on the bad than the good, and
he struggled to come up with momentum saves in marquee games when there were breakdowns in front of him.
He opened with an easy 14-save shutout against Belarus and was generally solid (apart from looking bad on a breakaway by ex-Flyers forward Branko Radivojevic) turning back 23 of 24 shots in a 3-1 win over Slovakia. On the flip side, he was just so-so in a pair of games of Team USA.
In the first game against the Americans, Bryzgalov was criticized for "ducking away" from one deflected goal, and for dropping his stick in a crease scramble in the other. In the quarterfinal rematch, Bryzgalov was pulled late in the second period after allowing four goals. He looked bad on three of the four goals, although only one could be fairly characterized as a soft goal. Bryzgalov's replacement, Semyon Varlamov, fared no better.
Overall, Bryzgalov finished with a 3-1-0 record, 2.20 GAA, and
.901 save percentage.
Varlamov was 2-1-0 with a 3.59 GAA and .878 save percentage. The team's other goalie, Vasili Kosechkin, appeared in one game, losing 2-1 to France while stopping 17 of 19 shots.
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