The first period was a bear for Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who had a few of the furry animals watching him rinkside.

But he never hid.

Bryzgalov allowed three early goals but shut out the Penguins for the final 43 minutes of Wednesday night`s 4-3 overtime victory at Consol Energy Center in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

"What we did today was unbelievable," Bryzgalov said. "To beat Pittsburgh when we were down, 3-0, after the first period is not easy."

Known for giving unusual answers, Bryzgalov raised eyebrows this week when he said he was only afraid of bears. That inspired a few fans to don bear costumes last night.

"How did they get tickets?" Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr said. "I was scared, too."