Ilya Bryzgalov has played more minutes – 9:54:24 – than any goaltender in the NHL.
But, he told Michael Barkann on 94WIP Friday morning, he doesn’t need a break. Not even after Thursday’s ugly performance against the Florida Panthers, in which he allowed four goals on 15 shots and was pulled in favor of backup Brian Boucher.
“No, I don't have that luxury,” Bryzgalov said. “We gotta do what you gotta do. We gotta give our best every night. ... We always try to give our best, but you gotta understand sometimes, we're not like machines, you know, sometimes we're tired.”
Bryzgalov has started 17 games this season, more games than 17 teams in the NHL have played. The Panthers affair was the second time he was pulled this season, less than 24 hours after the Flyers’ 6-5 win over Pittsburgh, in which he also started.
He looked – and played – like he was very tired.
“I feel exhausted, and I’m pretty sure my team feels the same way because it’s a crazy schedule,” Bryzgalov said. “Lots of travel, lots of games, lots of back-to-back games and sometimes it’s just tough to find the energy and emotions to play some games, even when you know it’s a very important game. But nothing is left inside you because you need some time to regroup.”
'Exhausted' Bryzgalov says he doesn't need a break
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