Ilya Bryzgalov Makes History With Something Other Than His Mouth, Amongst Other Things

Bryz: "You know that goal you scored was bullshit, right?" (Photo:

Suddenly, the universe is making sense for Ilya Bryzgalov, and no one in Philadelphia is complaining.

During the second period of last night's game against the Islanders, Bryzgalov surpassed John Vanbiesbrouck and… John Vanbiesbrouck for the longest shutout streak  by a goaltender in Philadelphia Flyers history. Here's how the history book will read, according to the Elias Sports Bureau:

Ilya Bryzgalov – 249:43, Mar. 6-15, 2012

John Vanbiesbrouck – 227:40, Oct. 17-26, 1999

John Vanbiesbrouck – 218:42, Jan. 3-16, 1999


He's saying all the right things, too:

"I think it's not for me," Bryzgalov said humbly. "I think it's a great team accomplishment. I know I was not alone on the ice. It is a team thing. And I think the whole team deserves it. I just want to say congratulations to the organization and all players who played these games."


Bryz did give up two goals in the latter half of the third period, but who the hell is gonna knock him for that after 250 minutes of pure excellence? 

Not me. The Flyers have won seven of their last eight and the game they lost in that stretch saw Sergei Bobrovsky in net. I'd be shocked if Bryz wasn't between the pipes for the Saturday matinee in Boston against the Bruins, who have given up 21 goals in their last four games, losing each contest.

Apparently he didn't even know about the record until after the game… maybe that was for the best…

There's a whole lot else out there to talk about today as well. We'll continue to keep an eye on Eagles free agency moves, although it seems like by the end of business next week, they'll have extended the contracts of every single player on the current roster. No linebacker signing yet, but I'm sure they'll pick up a stud in the 6th round of the draft.

Keeping with the birds and how they tend to please fans, it looks like they want resident jackass Evan Mathis back

Temple plays tonight at 9:50 pm against South Florida. Old pal and ESPN's Ryan Feldman pointed out that Temple doesn't win if they score under 70, and South Florida gives up under 60 points per game. Me no likey.

Here's what else you missed:

-Roy Halladay got a little bit snarky, and we like it.

-If I don't slip up, you won't hear any dick jokes for the next four days.

Do you like money? Winning a cool grand never hurt anyone, right? TiqIQ and CB want to give you $1,000. Don't be a jackass, enter to win.

There is something wrong with Chase Utley, and no one wants to tell the truth… and it's fucking annoying.

Alex Ovechkin isn't a bracketologist and a shocker… Bryce Harper with balls in his mouth. (Well, that didn't last long.)

-In addition to not acknowledging the sport of hockey and wasting six live hours of television on two topics daily, ESPN continues to display why they, as a collective, are remarkably ignorant.

Happy Friday, folks!


22 Responses

  1. could Randy Miller be a bigger dick in asking his post game questions?? who put this jerkoff on the Flyers beat??
    Dude is a Penguins fan anyways

  2. The 2 goals that NYI scored in the 3rd weren’t his fault, defense let him down big time in the 3rd, Coburn got raped on a sick move my Mark Streit on the second goal. Can’t let a defenseman make a move like that on you.

  3. Love that 90% of what you do anymore is bash Philly players, despite the fact that they were rated as the 2nd best guard in football and one of the best centers in the league as a rookie.

  4. Is that what we do, Tommy? You make a point, I guess. Evan Mathis has never bashed the fans at any point, so he is deserving of no criticism.
    I get that he played well, but a number of the Eagles on last year’s roster have and continue to make asses of themselves. A number of them make themselves completely unlikable. They don’t understand this city and they do and say stupid things. Mathis was one of those people. I don’t like him, get over it.

  5. Of all the Philly writers for you all to gripe about – Randy Miller???
    Just idiotic. He’s one of the few positive Philly writers who covers the Flyers.
    He’s a Pittsburgh guy, but his Pens fandom never creeps into his coverage of the Flyers.
    And some of you are the same people who are the first to complain that about our reputation nationally as “bad fans.”

  6. Was at last night’s Flyers-Isles game. A few observations. 1) The ice around Bryz during the second period definitely got a little yellow. He must be picking up Cliff Lee’s scent. 2) Nice acknowledgment from G before an offensive zone face off to a pack of rowdy Flyers fans in the front row mid-way through the 3rd period. 3) Didn’t appreciate the heart-attack after having a 3 goal lead.

  7. Evan Mathis may be a jackass, but he’s the best available guard right now. Easily the best idea for this team and I think he’d have a hometown discount.

  8. How come Mathis answering every single question from hundreds of fans in an ask me anything on Reddit isn’t covered? Or numerous emails fans have sent him that have been answered by him has never been covered? Or the fact he has given out his words with friends and x box live usernames so that fans can play him never been covered?
    He asked someone to take down a sign. Everything else he has done has made him probably the most fan friendly player on the team.

  9. Andy..Did you hear his questions last night? He is obviously trying to put Bryz in a corner to get him to say something that will get him in trouble.

  10. Seriously Bryz seems pissed at the media. He’s definitely not as happy go lucky as he was before. He’s learned the Flyers are covered by media dickwads.

  11. Kimmo’s not bad luck. Braydon Coburn just sucks and was the reason for both of those goals.
    Here’s hoping the contract he signed recently is the precursor to a trade ala Jeff Carter.

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