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Ilya Bryzgalov gives up 5 goals in first AHL start

Ilya Bryzgalov's first AHL start did not go very well as he allowed five goals on 24 shots on Friday night.


It seems that Ilya Bryzgalov still has a little bit of rust to shake off before he is ready to play for the Edmonton Oilers.

One week after signing a one-year contract with the team, Bryzgalov made his first start with the team's AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons, and surrendered five goals on 24 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Abbotsford Heat.

It was the first professional game Bryzgalov appeared in since April 25 when he was still a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He was bought out by the team shortly after the season and became a free agent. The Flyers will pay him $23 million over the next 14 years as part of that buyout.

After there was little NHL interest in his services during the offseason he eventually signed a pro tryout contract with Las Vegas of the ECHL. That lasted about two weeks before he was released from it.

With the Oilers struggling in goal (and on defense ... and pretty much everywhere) they decided to take a chance on the 32-year-old goalie.

In 425 career games Bryzgalov has posted a .913 save percentage and a 208-149-45 record. He played his best hockey as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes between 2008 and 2011.

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