Sunday, May 07, 2006

Suprise Early Playoff MVP

Its still early in the second round, so naming a playoff MVP is mostly an academic question. The man who has jumped to the forefront as the best player in the playoffs so far is one of the rookie goalies playing big roles in the playoffs. Ilya Bryzgalov has an amazing 0.63 goals against average going into today's game. His saves percentage is equally impressive at .975 entering this game. It is currently about halfway through game two of the second round playoff series with Colorado and he has gone over three complete games since the last goal he has allowed. Not bad for a goalie who most expected to sit on the bench and watch 2003 Conn Smythe winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere lead Anaheim as far as they would go in the playoffs.

NOTE: The game has now ended. Bryzgalov got his third straight shutout. He now has a .979 saves percentage and a 0.52 GAA.

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