Watching Ilya Bryzgalov on and off the ice, studying his body language and movements, the way he was laughing it up with teammate Jaromir Jagr during an in-practice break ... nothing seemed wrong. Flyers management had downplayed their hot No. 1 goalie suffering a chip fracture in his right foot just three days earlier, saying doctors had assured them the injury wasn't serious, and Bryzgalov out there participating in Friday's practice seemed to be living proof. But afterward, once Bryzgalov had returned to the Flyers' dressing room, his announcement that he's feeling better included an admittance that he's not yet pain-free. "It's still there a little bit," Bryzgalov admitted. The lingering pain probably was a deciding factor when general manager Paul Holmgren, coach Peter Laviolette, athletic trainer Jim McCrossin and Bryzgalov decided how to proceed, which apparently means more rest — at least until Tuesday's home game with the New York Rangers. "Ilya Bryzgalov is doing better (but) doubtful for the weekend games," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. The Flyers are home today against Ottawa, then head to Pittsburgh for a Sunday matinee. Bryzgalov didn't travel with the Flyers for Thursday's game in Toronto, and by virtue of their 7-1 victory with backup Sergei Bobrovsky in goal, and Pittsburgh losing its game in Long Island, the race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the upcoming playoffs is tight again.
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Courier-Post | Mar 31