Looking bewildered, Ilya Bryzgalov skated slowly from his net and took a seat at the end of the Flyers bench. His mask flipped up atop his head, the goalie seemed to be staring into space with his team down big early in the second period Monday night at Air Canada Centre.
His night’s work over, the easygoing Russian goalie decided to shake off allowing four goals in 14 shots in an unusual way.
Even though there was a long way to go in what would become a 5-2 Flyers loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bryz struck up a conversation with a senior-citizen fan seated in a front-row seat immediately to his right.
They talked and talked, then Bryzgalov smiled for a couple of camera-phone pictures. Then they talked some more ... before, during and after a Leafs’ five-minute major late in the second in which the Flyers had a chance to get back in the game but didn’t bite into a 4-1 deficit.
Maybe Bryzgalov was just looking to clear his mind before his next start, possibly tonight in Winnipeg.
Bryzgalov never did let on what he was thinking. After agreeing to do a postgame interview, he skipped out a back door, an apologizing Flyers PR official told reporters.
No matter, it was a bad night for Bryzgalov, his first of the season, and a terrible one for the Flyers, who killed the momentum of a good homestand by starting a six-game road tripwith another road loss.
That’s five in six games now for the Flyers, whose only road victory so far was a win in Florida almost 2 1/2 weeks ago.
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