The Flyers had a dramatic last minute victory on Tuesday night, beating the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 for an Overtime victory. Wayne Simmonds scored with 10 seconds left in regulation off a great pass from James van Riemsdyk to put the game into OT, and Jaromir Jagr scored with just 43.1 seconds left in the extra period to give the Fly Guys 2 points in the standings.
This came after a questionable fourth goal was let up by goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who allowed four goals on just 26 shots. “It was a stupid mistake,” Bryzgalov said. “I start catching the puck, but it was miscalculated between the puck and my glove. It hit the edge of the glove and go in. I’m kind of sick and tired of these mistakes.”
The Flyers had 50 shots on goal, converting five into the net after a great effort by Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec. “We were just resilient tonight,” said Simmonds, who scored his 22nd goal of the season, already a career-high. The Flyers need to keep up their resilient play to stay in the Eastern Conference hunt, at least enough to have a chance home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
But, it all starts and ends with 51 million-dollar man Ilya Brygalov. “If I can play at the level I can and we have success, nobody will care what was in the past,” Ilya said on Wednesday. Danny Briere backed his goalie up, saying, “People are quick to report how Bryz has struggled, but they forget how he’s had good stretches.”
The Flyers season rests on Bryz’s shoulders, and let’s hope the goalie figures out what he has to do in order for the team to make another serious Stanley Cup run this season.