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Bryzgalov's game lacking more than confidence

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08:16 AM ET 08.07 | At least one theory holds that Ilya Bryzgalov's struggles are almost singlehandedly related to his confidence. But to blame confidence as the sole reason for his 3.46 GAA and .887 save percentage in the postseason, when real stars are made, is a stretch. The ability to perform in the clutch is an entirely separate talent, and based on his career numbers, Bryzgalov doesn't have it. In the last three years in the regular season his GAA stands at 2.41 with a save percentage of .918. In the playoffs, it's drastically worse: 3.61 and .892. How about his ability to handle the puck? Never was that lack of skill epitomized more than when he faced the best puck-handling goalie in the league, Martin Brodeur, in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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August 7, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Wow are they brutal in Philly or what?

August 7, 2012  08:41 AM ET
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Wow are they brutal in Philly or what?

In net oh yeah

August 7, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow are they brutal in Philly or what?

Sometimes the truth hurts

August 7, 2012  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow are they brutal in Philly or what?

NHL season must be close: goalie criticism already coming out of Philly

August 7, 2012  08:57 AM ET

The ability to perform in the clutch is an entirely separate talent, and based on his career numbers, Bryzgalov doesn't have it.

really? So what are they saying? He should just cut to the chase and sign with The Sharks?
You could make a whole really good roster of great "season players"

August 7, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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NHL season must be close: goalie criticism already coming out of Philly

Indeed, no lockout coming. Start the season!

August 7, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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Indeed, no lockout coming. Start the season!

Amen!!

August 7, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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The ability to perform in the clutch is an entirely separate talent, and based on his career numbers, Bryzgalov doesn't have it. really? So what are they saying? He should just cut to the chase and sign with The Sharks? You could make a whole really good roster of great "season players"

excellent point ... poor Sharks, the lovable "losers" of the West coast.
Still, they manage to get themselves to the PO and compete

August 7, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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excellent point ... poor Sharks, the lovable "losers" of the West coast. Still, they manage to get themselves to the PO and compete

but they are even more maddening than say...The Cubs....who just flat out stink
The Sharks tease with president's trophies, etc....and then....no pun intended.....tank

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August 7, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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but they are even more maddening than say...The Cubs....who just flat out stinkThe Sharks tease with president's trophies, etc....and then....no pun intended.....tank

Thank you for using "Cubs" instead of "Leafs"

Signed, Leaf Nation

August 7, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Thank you for using "Cubs" instead of "Leafs"Signed, Leaf Nation

The Leafs have only been waiting for what.........45 years? Psst.......a mere time out. The cubs hav been waiting for nearly 100!

August 7, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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The Leafs have only been waiting for what.........45 years? Psst.......a mere time out. The cubs hav been waiting for nearly 100!

very true its not even half time yet

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August 7, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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Exactly. I'll start sweating when i'm in my 60s and they're still finishing in the lottery.

We'll never recognize you when you're not drenched Limey. Leafs and Stanley Cup...........that's like saying Middle East and peace!! ha

August 7, 2012  10:01 AM ET

I thought Philly would have been better with 4 or 5 one million dollar guys....leighton etc. History is about to repeat itself.

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August 7, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Where the **** is my avatar?

 
August 7, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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Where the **** is my avatar?

Lot of 'em gone this morning on all threads. I changed mine just to test and it worked. Doesn't make any sense though.

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