‘It was great’: Bryzgalov posts 33-save shutout in first Oilers start

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Ilya Bryzgalov’s first start for Edmonton couldn’t have gone much better.

The Russian netminder kicked out all 33 shots faced on Thursday night as the Oilers beat the Preds 3-0 in Nashville, earning both his first win and first shutout since joining the Oilers earlier this month.

“It was great,” Bryzgalov said after the game. “Shutouts are always fun.”

The 33-year-old, bought out his nine-year, $51 million with Philly deal in July, stopped 13 shots in the first period and 10 in the second and third. The win came after he made his Oilers debut midweek in relief of Devan Dubnyk during a 5-1 loss to Chicago, in which he stopped 12 of 13 shots — so, all told, Bryzgalov has now surrendered just one marker on 46 shots since joining Edmonton, good for a .978 save percentage.

“Check-marks across the board for him tonight,” head coach Dallas Eakins said. “[Bryzgalov] did a great job.”

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle scored the goals against Nashville, with Eberle and Hall also chipping in with assists.

With the victory, Edmonton has now won four of five.