October 27, 2011
After 24:39 had been played between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night, Philly starter Sergei Bobrovsky(notes) was pulled after yielding five goals on 15 shots for a .667 save percentage.
Enter Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) … who gave up four more goals on just 10 shots for an embarrassing .600 save percentage, as the Flyers lost a pond hockey game to the Jets, 9-8. Give Bryzgalov credit for facing the media after the game; cringe as the Flyers franchise goalie puts the loss on his own shoulders and reveals he has "zero confidence" right now.
Choice quotes from Bryz:
"When you have terrible goalies, it's no surprise there are so many goals."
"I have zero confidence in myself right now. If you throw a ball instead of a puck, I'm not going to stop it. I'm terrible and I want to apologize in front of the fans, in front of my teammates; and I don't know what's going on. I have no answer for you guys. I thought this last game in Montreal was … nothing's gonna happen worse, but today was even worse.
"We didn't have problems playing the puck on the ice. Not yesterday, not tonight. I just can't stop the puck. It's very simple. You can't ask more from the forwards. They scored eight goals and we're still losing. Obviously it's [a] terrible goalie — it's me.
"They try to play hard, but the bottom line I'm the goalie. I'm the guy who have to try to stop the puck. I couldn't even stop the simple shots."
"I'm lost in the woods right now."
Lost in the woods? If only he had decided to play in a city that had no parks (oh, hockey irony, you cruel mistress) …
Bryzgalov has now given up five goals, four goals, five goals and four goals in his last four games. That's 18 goals on 91 shots. That's brutal. This Michael Farber piece on Bryzgalov couldn't be more timely. It's a minor miracle "9 years" wasn't trending on Twitter on Thursday night.