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Bryzgalov gets first Ducks start since 2007


Considering Frederik Andersen’s iron man streak, it’s been an even longer time coming, but Ilya Bryzgalov is finally getting the first start of his second tour with the Anaheim Ducks tonight.

By facing the Ottawa Senators tonight, Bryzgalov starts for the Ducks for the first time since Nov. 7, 2007; the team points out that 2,599 days have passed since that last happened. Perhaps such a gap in time explains the horrible/awesome/horrible-awesome pun the team’s Twitter feed trotted out to mark the occasion.

If any team has a reason to see the upside of the 34-year-old, it would probably be the Ducks (or maybe the Arizona Coyotes).

Bryzgalov showed some promise despite sparse work (70 regular season games played) during five seasons with Anaheim in his previous stay, as the Russian goalie played especially well in two playoff spurts (.944 save percentage in 11 playoff games in 2006 and a .922 mark in five games played during the 2007 championship year).

Bryzgalov already made one appearance for Anaheim this season, as he allowed two goals on seven shots in about 15 minutes of relief work against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 16.

Ducks’ Andersen pulled in Toronto, enter Ilya Bryzgalov

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He’s back!

Ilya Bryzgalov has entered the game for the Anaheim Ducks, after Frederik Andersen was pulled in the third period after allowing four goals on 20 shots against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Bryzgalov recently returned from a conditioning stint in the American Hockey League after signing with the Ducks earlier this month.

Ducks recall Heatley, Bryzgalov

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The Anaheim Ducks brought some veteran experience up from AHL Norfolk on Monday, recalling goalie Ilya Bryzgalov and winger Dany Heatley.

Bryzgalov, 34, signed with the Ducks early December after injuries to John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera, and will work primarily as the backup to No. 1 Frederik Andersen moving forward. LaBarbera recently cleared waivers and will return to Norfolk, where he’ll work with Gibson (once the latter returns from a groin injury.)

As for Heatley, he returns to the Ducks after a brief two-game American League stint following groin surgery. The 33-year-old played two games for the Admirals — his first-ever AHL contests — and went scoreless with two PIM and a minus-3 rating.

Based on the timing of the recalls, it looks as though Heatley and Bryzgalov will both be ready to draw into Anaheim’s lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Heatley has appeared in just four games for the Ducks this year, going pointless; Bryzgalov will make his season debut.

Ducks send Bryzgalov to AHL for conditioning

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The Anaheim Ducks have assigned goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals on a conditioning loan.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year, $2.88 million contract on Tuesday.

Bryzgalov spent time with the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL), Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild last season.

He put together a 12-9-8 record in 32 games with the Oilers and Wild.

Bryzgalov spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks from 2001-08.

In all Bryzgalov has appeared in 457 NHL games with the Ducks, Coyotes, Flyers, Oilers and Wild where he has a career 2.56 G.A.A. and a .913 save percentage.

Video: Bryzgalov discusses his deal with Anaheim

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Anaheim goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov got on the ice with the Ducks for the first time on Thursday morning.

Following the team’s practice he discussed how the deal came about and reflected on his previous stint with the Ducks.