TUESDAY'S PLAYOFF REPORT
-- Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was singing the praises ofÃ‚Â Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov today following the Penguins workout. "I know Bryz and I have experience playing with him and coaching against him, " Bylsma said.Ã‚Â "BryzÃ¢Â€Â™s talent is something we havenÃ¢Â€Â™t seen a lot of, but itÃ¢Â€Â™s very high end. HeÃ¢Â€Â™s an extremely talented goalie, a big body goalie with quick legs from side to side. ThatÃ¢Â€Â™s what weÃ¢Â€Â™re going to see with Bryzgalov. I expect him to be in there for every game. ThatÃ¢Â€Â™s what weÃ¢Â€Â™re looking for."
-- A week or two ahead of schedule, defenseman Ben Lovejoy is a near lock to be an option to play this week and word as of this afternooon was Lovejoy hasn't been ruled out of Game 1. " Ben Lovejoy is a guy that has played after long absences three times this year and played really well when he stepped back in, " Bylsma said. "He has played in the postseason and he has experience there., " he said. Lovejoy's opportunity to play this week is likely because Matt Niskanen appears iffy for the start of the series.Ã‚Â Niskanen is skating butÃ‚Â did not practice for a second straight day as the team wants to limit him taking contact.
-- When Flyers GM Paul Holmgren rolled the dice and traded Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, the Flyers looked to change the culture of their locker room and from an on-ice standpoint looked to become a faster team that comes at you. The blockbuster moves appear to have paid dividends for the present and the future. There's even some sense around the league that if the Flyers were fully healthy and had Chris Pronger, they would be favorites to win the East. While the Flyers appear to be a different team without Richards and Carter, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby doesn't see it that way. " They play a similar style, " Crosby said. "They have a lot of depth [but} I donÃ¢Â€Â™t see a lot of difference in terms of their style of play, " Crosby said on the Flyers without Carter, Richards. TheyÃ¢Â€Â™re actually pretty similar.
Jaromir Jagr on the Flyers slowing Evgeni Malkin down