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Bryzgalov Can Turn Series in Coyotes' Favor

Tuesday, 04.12.2011 / 4:49 PM MT / Features
By Jerry Brown | Correspondent
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Bryzgalov Can Turn Series in Coyotes\' Favor
GLENDALE -- In a series that features the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and -- assuming his lower-body injury allows him to play at some point -- Henrik Zetterberg, it was a bold statement to make. But Coyotes captain Shane Doan meant no disrespect. He was just stating the facts as he saw them.

Ilya Bryzgalov
Of all the players on the ice in the Detroit-Phoenix playoff series that begins at Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night, Doan sees Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov as the one who can turn the series all by himself.

"Bryz is probably the best player in the series," Doan said. "I think he's unbelievable. I think he's the most talented goalie in the League, and when he's on, he's as good as anybody there is. We lean on him and he likes the pressure."

The Coyotes were consistently outshot this season and Bryzgalov constantly turned the negative into a positive with save after save. In less than four seasons, he is already the franchise leader in wins (130) and tied for the lead with 21 shutouts...

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