McKenzie: Flyers need more from Bryzgalov

Bob McKenzie

4/29/2012 11:23:09 PM

Some quick thoughts from the NHL on TSN panel on Sunday:

I suppose it's possible that the Philadelphia Flyers could go all the way and win the Stanley Cup with Ilya Bryzgalov's somewhat shaky goaltending, but it's not something I would count on.

On Sunday, he wasn't very good.  While he allowed only one goal on 15 shots in the first period of the Flyers 4-3 overtime win, he wasn't nearly as good in the second and third.

In those periods he faced three and four shots respectively, and was beaten five-hole on a goal in the second, and was beaten there again in the third.

Needless to say, he looked leaky in the five-hole and he just didn't seem confident out there.  This is a game that the Flyers should have won in regulation time.  They were in control and Petr Sykora's goal in the third is one that Bryzgalov really should have had.

For the Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk also didn't have a great day.  I believe there will be lots of questions about his health, as he doesn't seem to be moving like we've seen him move in the past. 

Predators need to regroup

I don't think there was any question that there was goaltender interference on the Phoenix Coyotes third goal, which gave them a 3-1 lead and helped them go on to the victory on Sunday night.

That goal should have been disallowed, but at the end of the day the Nashville Predators still got the game back to 3-2. Then, 30 seconds later they allowed Taylor Pyatt to come right back down the ice and score after Patric Hornqvist scored moments earlier on the power play.

The Predators we saw in Game 2 are not the group we are used to seeing. They need to look in the mirror and go back to Nashville and sort out how they're going to regroup and come back for Game 3.