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Bryz yanked from 8-3 loss to US at World Championships

The man, always in the middle of something, found himself in the middle of a rout.

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has had better days.

Or, well, weeks.

On the day after the showed off his skills as a historian and a sociologist, expressing his admiration for Josef Stalin and his dismay at people in Philadelphia whom he views as welfare cheats, Bryzgalov started a quarterfinal game at the World Championships against the United States. He started but did not finish.

I don't know that it was his fault, but Bryzgalov was yanked after the second period of what turned out to be an 8-3 loss. The score was 4-1 when Bryzgalov was pulled. A quick look at the highlights showed at least one goal that he probably would want to take another whack at -- but, to be fair, it also showed a fair amount of loose play in front of him.

Afterward, according to Yahoo! journalist Dmitry Chesnokov, Bryzgalov said, "We would like to apologize for this game, although we cannot be forgiven."

Whatever. As Stalin said, "History shows that there are no invincible armies." Or goaltenders.