Ilya Bryzgalov looks rusty in OKC Barons' loss to Abbotsford

by Michael Baldwin Published: November 15, 2013

The Barons were led by center C.J. Stretch's line. Andrew Miller had two assists. Stretch had a goal. Austin Fyten had an assist. OKC led much of the game before Street's two third-period goals.

“We can take a lot of positives from this game,” Nelson said. “I liked our forecheck. We did a good job getting up ice. From a structural standpoint we played well. ... They have a team that's playing with a lot of swagger right now. They're playing good hockey.”

The Philadelphia Flyers released Bryzgalov from the final seven years of a $51 million deal this past summer. He was a free agent sitting at home until Edmonton signed him last week. He can remain with the Barons up to 14 days.

Unless he feels unusual soreness at the morning skate, Bryzgalov is expected to be in goal again for the rematch with the Heat Saturday night at 7 at the Cox Center.

“It has to be tough to play after sitting out that long, but I thought he was good tonight,” Horak said. “We didn't help him much. I can't imagine how I'd feel after not playing for so long. We've got to help him more.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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