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Bryzgalov no stranger to Avalanche
18 апреля 2014 года. Denver Post

While the Avalanche hadn't faced Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov all season until Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against Minnesota on Thursday, some Avs personnel are familiar with him.

Bryzgalov was a pupil of Colorado goalies coach Francois Allaire for parts of five seasons in Anaheim, from 2001-08, and he shared the Ducks' net at times with Avs backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

"We have a lot of info on him," Avs coach Patrick Roy said of Bryzgalov.

Roy said the Avs respect Bryzgalov, who has played for three NHL teams since the start of last season.

"He played really well (for the Wild) down the stretch," Roy said. "I watched a few games and he made some great saves and kept their team in some games. He's certainly a reason why they had that little push at the end."

Giguere shared the nets in Anaheim with Bryzgalov for nearly three seasons, ending in 2008. Giguere usually was the starter and Bryzgalov the backup.

Giguere said Bryzgalov was a good teammate with the Ducks.
"He was great. Bryz keeps it light in the room; you never have a boring moment with Bryz around," Giguere said. "He always has a quick comment for everything, a funny comment. For me, when he was there, he made me a better goalie because I had to perform. Otherwise, he would have been playing. It was always a good thing for me to have him around."
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