Ilya Bryzgalov gets Game 7 win by stopping 1 shot

Doug Pensinger

Ilya Bryzgalov: Big-game goalie.

No matter what he does for the rest of his career, Ilya Bryzgalov will have a Game 7 win on his resume. It happened, and there is nothing you can do to take it away from him.

He only had to stop one shot, but he got the win. It's his.

Bryzgalov replaced an injured Darcy Kuemper with eight minutes to play in Game 7 of the Wild's Western Conferece playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night, shortly after Kuemper gave up a go-ahead goal to Erik Johnson. With Bryzgalov in net, Minnesota tied the game late on a Jared Spurgeon goal and then won it in overtime when Nino Niederreiter scored his second goal of the night on this two-on-one rush.


Kuemper appeared to be injured in the second period after a collision behind his own net and didn't seem to be himself after that.

With Bryzgalov in net, the Wild completely locked it down defensively and didn't allow the Avalanche to get anywhere near his crease, limiting them to just one shot on goal in overtime. Bryzgalov made the save, and it turned out to be a humongous big save.

What an insane night of hockey.

The Wild move on to face the Chicago Blackhawks in round two, a rematch of their first-round series a year ago, which the Blackhawks won in five games.

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