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Bryzgalov named first star of March

The awards keep rolling in.

First, Wayne Simmonds was named the NHL’s first star of the week and now starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the first star of the entire Month of March.

Joined by Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, Bryzgalov has earned top honors for the month.

After a rocky start to the season, Bryzgalov found his footing in March by registering a record of 10-2-1 in 13 games, as well as recording a 1.43 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and four shutouts.

He also recorded a shutout streak of 249:43, which is now the longest streak in the history of the Flyers franchise.

During the month, he was named the league’s first star of the week in consecutive weeks, being the only player to do so in the 2011-12 season.

Bryzgalov held his opponents to three goals or less in 12 of his 13 starts in March.

His season numbers currently stand at 32-15-7, 2.46 GAA, .910 save percentage and six shutouts.

He has currently missed the team’s last three games due to a chip fracture in his right foot, but is expected to return sometime this week.

The Flyers did not practice on Monday, so it is unknown whether he will start Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers.



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