GLENDALE, Ariz. - Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov had his second straight solid outing against his former team, helping the Flyers defeat the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night, 4-2.
"He took control," center Danny Briere said.
It was Bryzgalov's first game in Glendale since he was dealt to the Flyers after last season.
"I can't explain what I felt," Bryzgalov said. "I played here for 3 ½ years….Part of my soul is right here."
Bryzgalov made 36 saves and is now 2-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in two wins against Phoenix. Coyotes fans booed loudly when his name was introduced before the game, but once the contest started, there was little reaction from the crowd toward the 31-year-old goalie.
After the game, Phoenix reporters asked Bryzgalov about his reaction to the two Coyotes defensemen who, before their team's 2-1 loss in Philadelphia last month, criticized the goalie and said he was a derisive person in the locker room.
"Just let in behind. Let it go. Who cares?" Bryzgalov said. "It's not for me to personalize. Why are we starting to talk about that? I don't care what they think."
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Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros was shaken up late in the game, but GM Paul Holmgren downplayed the severity of the injury.
"Nothing serious," he said.
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The Flyers play in Buffalo on Wednesday, then host Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby on Thursday. That game will match arguably the NHL's top two players - Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux. Giroux is tied with Toronto's Phil Kessel for the league scoring lead with 32 points.
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