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Bryzgalov recovering after hit to the head; Oilers goalie describes the time he almost died
9 декабря 2013 года. Matheson, Jim. The Gazette

Dallas Stars' winger Ryan Garbutt bowled over Edmonton Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov a week ago, knocking him out with a concussion. But Bryzgalov has been hit much harder.

"When I was 12 years old, I got hit by a motorcycle when I got off a bus," said the Russian-born netminder. "I got a concussion ... it was really bad. I spent time in the hospital, put me down for two weeks or so."

He was lucky the concussion was his only problem. He could have died.

"Yeah, God saved me," he said. On Sunday, Bryzgalov was stopping shots before some players had fitness testing on the ice so he's on the road back.

"I had some headaches and had some trouble sleeping, but now I'm much better," said Bryzgalov, who has been well enough to be up in the press box watching games.

Did he stop all the shots before the fitness exam? "I don't remember," he joked. The Garbutt hit didn't elicit a penalty, maybe because the feisty forward was off-balance as he busted by defenceman Denis Grebeshkov. Bryzgalov says he didn't care that Garbutt got nothing for his trouble.

"I wasn't thinking about the execution of the other guy," he said. "All I felt was a pain in my head."

He doesn't know when he'll be able to play, but the Oilers host the Hurricanes Tuesday and the Bruins Thursday. Then they head on the road Friday to play Vancouver, with later stops in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Colorado. Maybe he plays an away game on that trip.

"When it's your head or neck, you don't want to fool with it. When it's your leg, you can say a guy will be back in four days, but anything above the shoulder, that's open-ended," said coach Dallas Eakins. While the goalie is on the mend, defenceman Jeff Petry didn't talk to the media Sunday after his head bounced off a glass partition close to the Calgary Flames bench Saturday. He may also be suffering from concussion-type symptoms.

"Jeff 's doing better this morning.

We're cautiously optimistic that he dodged a bullet," said Eakins. 
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