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Bryzgalov enjoyed the taunting cheers in Winnipeg

Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:23 am
Edited on: February 22, 2012 12:19 pm

By Brian Stubits

I'm not a Philadelphia Flyers fan, so it's easy for me to say this: Ilya Bryzgalov is my favorite player in the NHL. He won me over on HBO's 24/7 and he hasn't lost me since. You had me at Universe, Bryz. You had me at Universe.

The folks in Philly, though, wish they were able to share my sentiments. They'd love nothing more than to have a goaltender they could proudly call their own. But Bryzgalov's .898 and 2.82 save percentage aren't going to win over fans in Philadelphia, especially after he received a nine-year, $51 million contract.

But he has found some fans that will cheer for him. Since making comments about not wanting to move to Winnipeg while still with the Coyotes and about the 'Peg not having any parks, he became a target for Jets fans. On Tuesday night they finally had a chance to see him play at MTS Centre and unloaded taunting chants of "Ilya! Ilya!" on him throughout the game.

Always the humorist, Bryzgalov took it more than in stride.

As usual, we will share what he said in the video for anybody who might have video/audio problems. Courtesy of CSN Philly, here are Bryz's comments.

“You know, I like it,” he said. “It’s great atmosphere. I wished every building was going to be supportive like that. They going to support me like here. It was nice to hear cheering, ‘Ilya, Ilya.’

“I never heard that before anywhere. When 15,000 people support you, it’s [very impressive].”

Just like Philly, huh?

“No,” Bryzgalov replied. “Here there is cheering. In Philly, they boo me.”

What can I say, I'm a sucker for self-deprecating humor and this guy, he has it down pat.

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Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 8:31 pm

Bryzgalov enjoyed the taunting cheers in Winnipeg

agreed - hes a sarcastic D!k...i love when he lets the snap shots from the blue line beat him, they are my favorite...gonna be a long year and a short playoff...hate to sound negative but with our D and his lack to make a save let alone a big save at a time when needed they are doomed.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 4:02 pm

Bryzgalov enjoyed the taunting cheers in Winnipeg

no question he does great interviews real funny guy..but they did not give him 51 milion to do interviews and be funny! how about if he had to give back his salary for being horrible this year i bet he would be alot less amusing then unreal how bad he had play all year unreal

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