Bryzgalov deplores Philly microscope

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save against the Devils during Game 2 of their NHL Eastern...

Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov makes a save against the Devils during Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Penn., May 1, 2012. (TIM SHAFFER/Reuters)

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It seems Ilya Bryzgalov is a little fed up with Philly.

The Flyers goaltender was the only Philadelphia player not to speak with the media at the team's locker cleanout Thursday.

Now we understand why.

Bryzgalov has sounded off to a Russian newspaper, saying he was weary of being under the microscope in Philadelphia.

"What I lived through this season I wouldn't wish to an enemy," he told SovSport in a story the Philadelphia Inquirer translated.

"I need to keep working. I understand the fans. They paid their money and want the show. But many forget that we are not robots but living people. We have feelings, worries."

The goaltender was the goat on the winning goal by the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Eastern semifinal that eliminated the Flyers and capped an up-and-down season for Bryzgalov.

"I got very tired this season, to be honest," he said. "Now I know what it's like to be a goaltender in Philadelphia. Maybe from the outside it looks like there's nothing to it. You only realize it on your own."

As for the scrutiny he underwent, Bryzgalov said "my face is everywhere. Everyone is talking about me.

"People are so concentrated on the negative that they see only the bad in me. But I think you need to be kinder to each other."

Nonetheless, he said he intends to fulfil the final eight years of his contract.


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