If Bryz Is Hurt, This Is (Probably) When It Happened
Yesterday afternoon, NBC 10’s Howard Eskin tweeted that a source close to the situation had told him that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, Ilya Bryzgalov was questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with a hip injury.
Much later in the evening, CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio tweeted that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was denying any new lower body injury to Bryzgalov and eventually texted Panaccio personally to inform him that Bryzgalov was going to be the starter in Game 5.
Whatever the case maybe, Eskin has been accurate with all of his injury reports over the last few seasons and it is hard to imagine that he has much to gain to make up such a report or run the story off a flimsy source.
The Flyers on the other hand have displayed on several occasions that they are not forthcoming with injury updates and it is fairly common for them to deny reports only for them to ultimately be true (see Bryzgalov’s chip fracture in March for proof of that).
Bryzgalov was pulled from Game 4 and left practice early on Thursday morning. He was not made available to the media either.
While it may only be a rumor, it was clear that Bryzgalov’s lateral movement in Game 4 wasn’t particularly strong, which made several people question if his foot was still bothering him.
For that reason alone, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that he injured his hip at some point.
If that is the case, he very well could have done so on this play in Game 3:
Notice, that when the goal camera turns to Bryzgalov, he is clearly in pain and is slow to get up. He was run over at an awkward angle that could have resulted in some kind of tweak to his hip.
Ultimately, its just speculation off of a rumor. Unless the Flyers say otherwise prior to Game 5, it seems no one is going to know for sure what's going on with Bryzgalov until opening puck drop.
Stay tuned to The Checking Line for more updates if/when they become available.
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