At his locker, while removing pads from a morning practice, Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov made an attempt to get rid of a group of reporters moving his way.

"It's a free country, right?" Bryzgalov called out to reporters Friday. "I have freedom to speak and freedom to be quiet. You don't want to break my constitutional rights, huh guys? You don't like it, go to the Supreme Court, guys."

Bryzgalov sounded as if he were being sarcastic.

A moment later, the slumping netminder agreed to give his first interview since his beauty last Sunday, when he responded to being benched for Monday's Winter Classic.

Bryzgalov was supposed to talk following the Flyers' 5-4 win Thursday night over Chicago, his first appearance in three games. He earned his first victory in almost a month, even though the Blackhawks scored twice in the final minutes to force a short-lived tie.

But Bryzgalov never did show up for a postgame interview because, according to Flyers greneral manager Paul Holmgren, he was feeling ill. Minutes later, Bryzgalov was well enough to tweet about a teenaged Russian goalie doing well in the World Juniors tournament.