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Wild vs. Penguins: Ilya Bryzgalov makes a humongous big save

Bryz continued his fine play with a dazzling save.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

For all the mockery he's been subjected to over the years, Ilya Bryzgalov is playing great hockey right now for the Minnesota Wild.

Since arriving in Minnesota, Bryzgalov is 4-0-3 with a 2.11 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. The numbers speak for themselves, but Bryz backed them up with one of the season's best saves on Saturday.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal had a wide open net in the second period after a bad rebound landed on his stick. But Bryz stoned him with a dazzling paddle save.


Here's another look.


Minnesota is still ahead 4-0 in the second period. Considering how tight the playoff race is in the Western Conference, that save was...well, we'll just let Bryz tell you.