Ilya Bryzgalov Says He Is A “Bad Liar”

10 Dec

WELLS FARGO CENTER — With seven minutes to go in the third period, Ilya Bryzgalov left the ice and Sergei Bobrovsky relieved him. He was briefly in the tunnel, speaking with a trainer and reemerged on the bench with his mask resting on top of his head.

“It’s an equipment issue,” said the goalie after the game.

Are you sure about that?

“Yeah it was…no, I’m a bad liar.”

Sure, the one-liner is funny, but a potential injury is not.

“It’s an old boo boo, that’s it,” said Bryzgalov. “It starts for a little bit.”

He said he was able to go back in the game, but Peter Laviolette said there was no thought to putting him back in. General manager Paul Holmgren said that he expects Bryzgalov to be available for the next game and the goalie did him one better and said he’s not day-to-day, but rather “hour-to-hour probably.”

Bryzgalov was seen rubbing his right thigh in the tunnel, but wouldn’t confirm the injury.

“It was an injury issue, lower-body,” said Holmgren. “After the second period he wanted to continue and it stiffened up on him during the third.”

“It was starting to bother me more and more during the game and we decided to be safe,” said Bryzgalov.

The goalie didn’t appear to be limping and was joking around with his five-year-old son Vladdy in the locker room after the game. The Flyers are bracing for the worst with Claude Giroux’s head injury, but they seem to have dodged a bullet with Bryzgalov.

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