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Ilya Bryzgalov’s diving stop earns him the Save of the Week (April 4-10)

Ilya Bryzgalov, Dany Heatley

San Jose Sharks right wing Dany Heatley (15) is unable to score past Phoenix Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30), of Russia, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


Every week, Pro Hockey Talk will ask our readers to choose the best goal and save of that seven-day period. Sometimes there might not be seven nominees, whether that be because there weren’t enough great clips or one person received multiple awards. Either way, readers ultimately get to choose each week’s lucky winners.

Like we discussed with Nathan Gerbe’s Goal of the Week win, sometimes these voting results are a bit perplexing. One goal or save seems like one of the best clips of the season, but it doesn’t even win the weekly award. Meanwhile, a relatively normal feat ends up running away with the results.

Thankfully, the right goalie won Save of the Week for the final week of the 2010-11 season. Ilya Bryzgalov made the kind of save that could get some consideration for the best of the entire campaign, but he barely beat Tuukka Rask for April 4-10. To be fair, Rask’s save was pretty amazing in its own right, but the appropriate winner is Bryzgalov. Check out the results in the poll below.

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Watch video of Bryzgalov’s Save of the Week below.