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Ilya Nikolayevich Bryzgalov ( ; born June 22, 1980) is a Russianmarker professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall, by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Internationally, he has earned a bronze medal with Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Bryzgalov also competed in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He earned gold as a starting goaltender with team Russia in 2009 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Playing career

Bryzgalov started his professional career in his native Russiamarker, splitting the 1999–00 season between HC Spartak Moscow of the Russian Supreme League (RSL-2) and HC Lada Togliatti of the Russian Super League (RSL). Bryzgalov played two seasons with HC Lada Togliatti, before joining the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who had drafted him in the second round, 44th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

However, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Martin Gerber ahead of him in the club's depth chart, Bryzgalov spent the better part of his first four seasons in North America with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his Mighty Ducks debut in 2001–02, playing in his first of two games during that four-season stretch.

Bryzgalov warming up before a game.
With the departure of backup Gerber, Bryzgalov took over behind Giguère in 2005–06 season. However, injuries to the Ducks starter allowed Bryzgalov to play more games than he otherwise would have and he responded to the challenge with a 13-12-1 record with a 2.51 goals against average (GAA) and .910 save percentage. In the subsequent playoffs, Bryzgalov made three starts and one relief appearance for the Ducks in their first-round series against the Calgary Flames. In Game 1, he filled in for an injured Giguère, taking a 2–1 overtime loss. He relieved Giguère once more in Game 5 and stopped all 19 shots he faced in a 3–2 loss. He then took over the starting job for Games 6 and 7 of the series, winning 2–1 in Game 6 and recording a shutout in the decisive Game 7. Moving past the Flames, Bryzgalov then recorded 5–0 and 3–0 shutouts in the first two games of the second series against the Colorado Avalanche for three consecutive shutouts. He tied Frank McCool's 1945 playoff record for most consecutive shutouts by a rookie and passed Giguère, who had recorded consecutive shutouts in 2003 for the third longest playoff shutout streak of all-time. Despite his success in the first two rounds, Bryzgalov struggled in the semi-finals against the Edmonton Oilers and was eventually replaced by Giguère for the rest of the series as the Ducks were eliminated in five games.

Bryzgalov warming up during the 2007 playoffs.
Bryzgalov continued to play backup to Giguere the following season and into the 2007 playoffs. Bryzgalov made comments regarding Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle, saying he believed Carlyle has no confidence in him. He briefly took over as the starter for the first four games fo the Western Conference quarter-finals, however, winning three games as Giguère took a leave of absence with personal issues. Bryzgalov came in for relief in the Western Conference finals against the Detroit Red Wings, but remained on the bench as the Ducks went on to defeat the Ottawa Senators in the Finals in five games to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

With the re-signing of Giguère to a four-year contract in the off-season and the acquisition of Jonas Hiller from Switzerlandmarker, the Ducks attempted to trade Bryzgalov, but were unable to facilitate a deal. General manager Brian Burke claimed he had a deal worked out at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, but could not finish it. As a result, on November 16, 2007, Bryzgalov was placed on waivers and claimed by the Phoenix Coyotes the following day on November 17. In his first game with the team that same day, Bryzgalov made 27 saves for his 3rd career shutout in a 1–0 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Phoenix promptly signed him to a 3-year contract extension and he went on to record 26 wins in 55 games for the Coyotes as they battled for a playoff spot, establishing himself as the club's starting goaltender.

Bryzgalov again recorded 26 wins for the Coyotes during the 2008-09 NHL Season, though the Coyotes did not qualify for the playoffs.

International play

Bryzgalov competed for Russia in the 2000 World Junior Championships in Umeamarker. He recorded a 0.77 GAA in 4 games to help Russia to a silver medal. Later that year, he was named to the Russia's senior team for the 2000 World Championships, where he played in 4 games, but failed to reach the podium. Two years later, he competed for Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Citymarker earning bronze. Playing in a backup position, Bryzgalov did not appear in any games. He played in a more expanded role, however, at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, playing in 240 minutes and recording a 2.34 GAA in 3 games. Bryzgalov received his first international gold medal at the 2009 World Championships, beating Canada in the final.

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L GAA SV% GA SA SO
1999–00 HC Spartak Moscow VL (RUS-2) 9 n/a n/a 2.52 n/a 21 n/a 0
1999–00 HC Lada Togliatti RSL 14 n/a n/a 1.36 n/a 18 n/a 3
2000–01 Lada Togliatti RSL 34 n/a n/a 1.84 n/a 8 n/a 0
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 1 0 0 1.88 .917 1 12 0
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 45 20 16 2.48 .916 99 1185 4
2002–03 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 54 12 26 2.82 .910 142 1579 1
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 64 27 25 2.32 .919 145 1789 6
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 1 1 0 2 .929 2 26 0
2004–05 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 36 17 13 2.60 .902 87 886 4
2005–06 Anaheim Ducks NHL 31 13 12 2.51 .910 66 667 1
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 27 10 8 2.47 .907 62 668 1
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 2 3 2.55 .909 19 208 0
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 55 26 22 2.42 .921 128 1621 3
2008-09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 66 26 31 2.98 .906 187 1994 3
NHL reg. season totals 189 78 76 2.64 .912 465 5264 8
AHL reg. season totals 199 76 80 2.54 .913 473 5439 15
RSL reg. season totals 48 n/a n/a 1.70 n/a 79 n/a 11


Playoffs

   
Season Team League GP W L GAA SV% GA SA SO
2000 Lada Togliatti RSL 7 n/a n/a 1.47 n/a 10 n/a 1
2001 Lada Togliatti RSL 5 n/a n/a 1.92 n/a 8 n/a 0
2003 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 9 5 4 3.02 .909 27 298 1
2004 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 7 3 3 2.48 .904 13 135 0
2006 Anaheim Ducks NHL 11 6 4 1.45 .944 16 285 3
2007 Anaheim Ducks NHL 5 3 1 2.24 .922 10 128 0
NHL playoff totals 16 9 5 1.68 .937 26 413 3
AHL playoff totals 16 8 7 2.82 .908 40 433 1
RSL playoff totals 12 n/a n/a 1.64 n/a 18 n/a 1

International statistics

Year Team Event Place   GP W L T / OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000 Russia WJC 4 234 3 1 0.77 .971
2000 Russia WC 11th 4 218 10 0 2.75 .880
2002 Russia Oly 0
2004 Russia WCH 5th 3 2 1 0 180 7 0 2.33 .897
2006 Russia Oly 4th 1 0 1 0 60 5 0 5.00 .861
2009 Russia WC 7 7 0 0 404 14 1 2.09 .929

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