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Bryzgalov says he will not start in Winter Classic

Ilya Bryzgalov

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save against the New York Rangers in the first period of an NHL hockey game at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)


The universe might be humongous but the net still only has room for one guy, and for the Winter Classic that won’t be Ilya Bryzgalov.

Bryzgalov noted after Flyers practice this morning that he won’t be getting the start, instead it’ll be up to Sergei Bobrovsky to carry the Flyers. Bryzgalov has not played well of late and after becoming the most interesting guy to watch on HBO’s 24/7 now he’ll become the dramatic figure who loses his job.

Bobrovsky got the start in Philly’s last game against Pittsburgh, playing well in a 4-2 win over the Penguins. He’s played strongly of late and coach Peter Laviolette riding the hot hand and rewarding the guy who’s playing well makes plenty of sense. Now we’ll get to see how Bobrovsky handles the spotlight of being “the man” even for just one very high profile game.