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Ilya Bryzgalov Ducks another Shot, Defeats USA at World Championships Anyway

May 7, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

Finland Ice Hockey World Championships

They gave a valiant effort, but in the end Ilya Bryzgalov was able to hold Team USA at bay. The Flyers netminder stopped 19 of 22 shots, and a stacked Russian squad led by the New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk finally pulled away with two goals late in the third period for the 5-3 victory at the World Championships.

The action was back-and-forth, and often frenzied at that, but the U.S. was ultimately out-gunned. Russia held a 30-22 shot advantage, which was a bit too much for Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop to overcome. Kovalchuk had a goal and assist.

Bryz had his moments, in both senses of the word. He came up large a couple of times while halting a 5-on-3, which essentially became a 5-on-2 at one point when one of his comrades came up with a broken stick. Then there was that Bryz moment where he ducked a shot, something we’ve seen before back here in the states.

I don’t know how I really feel about these plays. It seems like it would be a natural human reaction to duck out of the way of a projectile whizzing straight for your head. This time however the maneuver was accompanied by Bryzgalov helplessly flailing at the puck, which definitely adds something to the ridiculousness of it all.

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  1. annonymouspest - May 8, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Bryz didn’t duck. The shot was low so he went down, but the puck hit a stick on the way in and popped back up. All he could do was pick his arms up, which he did! Another misleading article from the Philly media.

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