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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


The most backhanded compliment in hockey is the one the Flyers settled for after a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils: It wasn't the goaltender's fault.

No, it wasn't Ilya Bryzgalov's fault that the Flyers lost, falling into a 1-1 tie in the second-round playoff series.

But on a night when they were slow, when their power play was solved, when they ran out of steam late, the Flyers might have expected their goaltender to win them a game. It's kind of what that $51 million was all about.

Instead, after two spectacluar periods, Bryzgalov was ordinary in the third --- on a night when he had to be better than that.

So, all together now, if it makes everyone feel better: Bryzgalov was not to blame.

What a compliment, that.

Check out my column in the Daily Times Wednesday and, as always, on


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