When your nickname is “The Universe” there is something amazing about you. Last night, in his debut with the Edmonton Oilers Ilya Bryzgalov performed amazingly, blanking the Nashville Predators 3-0. The win gives hope to a struggling Oilers club that currently occupies last place in the Western Conference standings.
Did you pick him up yet in your hockey pool? According to Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey, Bryzgalov has been acquired off the waiver-wire 1,593 times today. People are optimistic about the Russian netminder’s potential for success, as you can see. And so is Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins who announced that The Universe will get the nod again today:
"He's a veteran guy who had a great game last night… it was an easy decision." – Coach Eakins on Bryzgalov starting again
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) November 29, 2013
The Oilers need this – they need a goaltender who can coverup some of the defensive lapses that remain prevalent in their game, which is a problem most young teams face.
Here’s what Twitter is saying:
Per @EliasSports: Ilya Bryzgalov's shutout marked just 2nd time a goalie has had a shutout in his first start for EDM (J. Markkanen – 2001).
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 29, 2013
Ilya Bryzgalov shuts out NASH in first start for EDM
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 29, 2013
He's only made one start but, boy, what a first impression Ilya Bryzgalov made last night. Never doubted the man. #Oilers
— Daniel Friedman (@DFriedmanOnNYI) November 29, 2013
Prediction: Ilya Bryzgalov doesn't give up a goal all season and the Oilers never lose again.
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) November 29, 2013