Ilya Bryzgalov has become a humungous big fan of trolling NHL teams when they’re having issues in the crease, and the former star goalie was back at it Wednesday night.
One of Bryzgalov’s former teams, the Philadelphia Flyers, were embarrassed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Flyers were down 3-0 after one period and Brian Elliott allowed five goals on 19 shots in just 29 minutes of playing time before he was chased from the net.
While all that was happening, Bryzgalov was devising this scorcher of a tweet.
It’s the second time in the past two weeks that Bryzgalov has, in jest, informed an NHL team that he’d be available to suit up if need be.
In late March, the Blackhawks’ designated emergency backup/beer league goalie Scott Foster was thrust into NHL action when all other Chicago goalies were injured. Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in a game against the Winnipeg Jets — subsequently making international headlines and prompting Bryzgalov to send a tongue-in-cheek tweet.
Based on how impressive the Penguins offence looked in Game 1, it might not have mattered who was between the pipes for Philly.
Petr Mrazek stopped 12 of 14 shots faced in relief of Elliott but by then the game was well out of reach with the final score ending up 7-0.
Despite getting lit up, Elliott is expected to get the start in Game 2 Friday.
“You know what, he’s our guy,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told reporters when asked if Elliott would get the nod next time out. “He’s a huge reason why our team was able to put ourselves into a position to be in the playoffs. In terms of his presence in our dressing room and the trust that we all have in him, that’s a pretty big factor.
“So, you know what, like everything else, we’ll look hard at it, but right now my first gut instinct is that he’s our guy and I don’t see a reason why we would go away from him.”