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December 13, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The best thing that could have happened to John Vanbiesbrouck last night at Maple Leaf Gardens would have been to outshine Curtis Joseph, the force behind the Toronto Maple Leafs' resurgence this season. And that's exactly what happened as the Flyers goalie outplayed Joseph and earned a 3-0 shutout with a 23-save performance. "I felt comfortable," said Vanbiesbrouck, who has two shutouts this season. "Sometimes you have to go through rough times to see stuff that gets swept under the rug. I had to come to grips with some things.
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March 1, 2000 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If there remains any debate over how far goalie John Vanbiesbrouck's game has fallen and why rookie Brian Boucher has become the starter, it may have been settled last night at the Kiel Center. Vanbiesbrouck fought the puck from tough angles the entire game, while giving up three hideous goals that proved fatal as the Flyers' six-game unbeaten streak ended with a 3-2 loss to the Blues. What made the loss tough to swallow was how competitive the Flyers battled without five veterans, including Eric Lindros and Keith Primeau.
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February 12, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The dressing room was quiet, no rock music blaring, after the Flyers' 5-4 loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim early yesterday morning. It had been so long between setbacks, the Flyers had forgotten what it felt like to lose. They had not lost a hockey game since Jan. 16 against Toronto, and this was only their second defeat in 25 games. It was only the second time this season that goalie John Vanbiesbrouck had been pulled. Flyers coach Roger Neilson yanked him early in the third period after two soft goals.
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January 8, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's amazing how, if things are going right for a hockey club, pucks just can't help but go into the net every night. Right now, pucks are flying into the net like bats into a belfry for the Flyers, who sucked the life out of the Islanders in a 5-0 victory last night at the First Union Center. The win ran the Flyers' unbeaten streak to 12 games (7-0-5). Eric Lindros, back after missing two games with a concussion, pulled within three goals of teammate John LeClair with his 20th.
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March 3, 1995 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Flyers fired everything but a bazooka at Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck last night. Slapshots. Wrist shots. Thirty-seven shots in all. Afterward, the equipment guys were hunting around for a howitzer. They want to be prepared for next time. Despite facing just 17 shots themselves, the Flyers managed only a 2-2 tie at the Spectrum. Stifle those boos, however. Blame this tie on the goaltender they call the "Beezer. " "Not every night you face John Vanbiesbrouck," said a relieved Eric Lindros, who beat the Beezer at 5 minutes, 29 seconds of the third period to account for the tying goal.
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January 12, 1999 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eight-nothing. The Flyers hadn't done that since New Year's Eve a year ago in Vancouver. That was a veteran Canucks club with Mark Messier. Last night's 8-0 casualty was the expansion Nashville Predators with Cliff Ronning. "We were victims of our destiny," said Predators coach Barry Trotz. "Right off the start, they get a power play and we continue to take power plays. " Along the way, the Flyers scored a season-high four power-play goals, three in one period, which helped them extend their unbeaten string to 14 games (9-0-5)
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October 24, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They are rarely at their lockers simultaneously. Yesterday, John Vanbiesbrouck was long into his dry-land training by the time Ron Hextall waddled off the ice and into the dressing room. Hextall sat at his locker as he had done countless times after practice in Voorhees. The only difference now is that instead of being the first goalie off the ice, Hextall is the last. For the first time in his 13 NHL seasons, the 34-year-old Hextall is a backup goalie, a role he agreed to so he could remain a Flyer when general manager Bob Clarke signed free agent Vanbiesbrouck to a two-year, $10.75 million contract.
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March 24, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To get the idea, all Tommy Soderstrom has to do tonight is look down to the other end of the rink. Florida goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck will be standing there. Vanbiesbrouck is stopping the puck with MVP frequency these days and leading the Panthers - an expansion team! - in their spectacular drive to the Eastern Conference playoffs. "Lead" is the key word here. And that is what Soderstrom must do for the Flyers if they have any chance of catching the team Bobby Clarke built with upstarts, rejects and nobody-loves-me guys.
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March 21, 1994 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Florida Panthers goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck was the brick wall and the Flyers were the eggs last night at the Miami Arena. Splat. The Flyers fired, zipped, whacked and smacked 48 shots at Vanbiesbrouck. All but three of them bounced right back into their faces, however, and the Panthers - not the Flyers - earned two big points with a 5-3 victory. Those two points gave the Panthers 73 in the race for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. They also put Florida four points ahead of the Flyers, who are stuck on 69 with just 12 games left.
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October 10, 1998 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was the kind of nail-biting shutout that a year ago the Flyers would not have been able to win. At some point, there would have been the inevitable, deflating goal that led to a tie or loss. Those, however, are the kinds of goals John Vanbiesbrouck has avoided giving up during his 16 NHL seasons. And last night, the Beezer's pads and stick, aided by Alexandre Daigle's lone goal, were all the Flyers needed to shut out the Rangers, 1-0, in their season opener at Madison Square Garden.
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October 4, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outside, the unseasonably hot weather Wednesday made it feel like May, the time of the year when NHL teams are deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Inside, in the Flyers' season opener at the energized Wells Fargo Center, the home team was trying to start the long journey back to those playoffs. Things didn't begin on the right skate. Dave Bolland scored a pair of third-period goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs, ignited by goalie Jonathan Bernier's penalty-shot save late in the second period, gained a 3-1 comeback victory.
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June 21, 2013 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
FORGET THE MONEY. That is the imperative here, as we begin another conversation about Ilya Bryzgalov. It is easy enough for all of us to say, seeing as how it isn't our half-a-hundred million, but it is the only way to make the correct decision here. The Flyers signed him for the big deal, and he still has 7 years and about $34 million left to run, and that is a number that cannot easily be ignored. Yet it must be. If you want to say that the Flyers have botched this goalie thing for 15 years, you will get no arguments here.
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May 10, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
AND SO, THIS is how it ends, one of those only-in-Philadelphia nights. It is a story that we pass down through the hockey generations, like baldness. The Flyers lost a playoff series to the New Jersey Devils and this will be the enduring symbol from the final game: Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, trying to shoot a puck away from the front of his net, away to safety, instead seeing the puck picked out of the air by Devils forward David Clarkson and ricocheting behind him and into the goal.
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April 19, 2012
CALLING . . . Michael Leighton. Maybe you missed it amid all the suspensions and buffoonery of the last few days, but the near-hero of the Flyers' 2010 Stanley Cup run cleared waivers this week and is available, if needed. And, well . . . What the hell are we waiting for? His team playing at home and on the verge of a sweep, Ilya Bryzgalov was lifted just 23 minutes and 7 seconds into Wednesday night's eye-shielding, 10-3 loss to the Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 16, 2012 | By FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Ilya Bryzgalov may not view the universe the same as everyone else, but he is a realist. He knew his gleaming shutout streak would come to an end at some point. Like hitting in baseball, goaltending is - after all - usually nothing more than a thankless exercise in futility. "If you thought they weren't going to score another goal on me," Bryzgalov said, "you were mistaken. " Last night, Bryzgalov's flawless run in the Flyers' net finally came to a close.
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March 15, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers are downplaying Ilya Bryzgalov's shot at setting a franchise record for consecutive shutouts Thursday night on Long Island. "It'd be pretty cool, but at the same time it's just details," center Claude Giroux said after Wednesday's practice in Voorhees. "That kind of record is not really going to get us a Cup, so I think we just want to make sure we keep focus on the things we have to do out there. Our goal is to get better for the playoffs and kind of get on a streak here before the end of the season.
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March 15, 2012 | By Frank Seravalli, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - With 8 minutes and 32 seconds remaining in the second period, the Flyers did not stand up on their bench at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night and bang their sticks on the boards in a salute of Ilya Bryzgalov. There was no pomp. No circumstance. Not even a break in the action. In fact, the casual fan sitting in the Coliseum's creaking, beer-stained seats wouldn't have had the faintest idea that Ilya Bryzgalov broke the Flyers' all-time record for consecutive shutout minutes at that very moment.
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March 13, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After being serenaded with "Bryz, Bryz, Byz" chants in the final minute, revived goalie Ilya Bryzgalov equaled a franchise record with his third consecutive shutout Tuesday night as the Flyers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-0, at the sold-out Wells Fargo Center. Playing behind a team that put up a wall in front of him, Bryzgalov needed to make just 17 saves. He faced just one shot while the Devils had a four-minute power play in the third period. The 31-year-old goalie equaled a record set by John Vanbiesbrouck in 1999.
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December 31, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday's forecast calls for warm weather, which isn't a good thing for the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park. So organizers have pushed the starting time back two hours to 3 p.m. Gates will open at 1 p.m. "The objective is to make sure players and fans have both what they need - good ice and good entertainment - and we feel 3 o'clock sets up more optimally for game conditions than 1 o'clock based on [Saturday's]...
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November 26, 2011
Flyers Notes The Flyers will soon get a break from the schedule as they recover from a rash of recent injuries. After Saturday's game in New York against the Rangers, the Flyers don't play until Friday at Anaheim. They clearly need the rest. Defenseman Andreas Lilja suffered a high-ankle sprain in the second period of Friday's 3-1 win over Montreal at the Wells Fargo Center, and general manager Paul Holmgren said he will be out for about six weeks. The three players who were scratched on Friday, Chris Pronger , James van Riemsdyk , and Jaromir Jagr , won't play Saturday, according to Holmgren.
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