Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Netminder Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced but he and the Minnesota Wild were edged 2-1 by the Blackhawks in Game 5 of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series Sunday night.

The Wild now trail the Hawks 3-2 in the series. Game 6 will be played in Minnesota Tuesday night. The home team has won every game of the series thus far. Bryzgalov is 3-5-1 in the post-season. His GAA is 2.60 and his save percentage is .908.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Although he let in a questionable goal Friday night, Ilya Bryzgalov made a game-changing save on a Patrick Sharp breakaway.

With the game tied at two, Sharp deked on a breakaway but Bryzgalov made a tremendous pad save to keep the puck out of the net. From that point on, the Wild feeding off the energy of that save, dominated and ultimately scored twice to secure the victory. "At the time, you can call it a game-changing save," Zach Parise said. Bryzgalov was acquired as an insurance policy at the trade deadline. With three Minnesota goalies injured at the moment, it looks like his acquisition was a very astute move.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 18 of 20 shots in Minnesota's 4-2 win over Chicago in Game 4 of their second round playoff series on Friday night.

Bryzgalov continued his solid performance from last game, although he could have easily saved the first Chicago goal. Bryzgalov now has a 2.91 goals-against average with .866 save percentage in the playoffs. Minnesota will face Chicago again on Sunday night and Bryzgalov could be the starting goalie again then.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced in Minnesota's 4-0 win over Chicago in Game 3 of their second round playoff series on Tuesday night.

Bryzgalov played his best game in this years playoffs and recorded his fourth career playoff shutout but first since 2006. Bryzgalov has to continue to play like this and give the Wild a chance to win this series against the Blackhawks. Bryzgalov still has some ugly numbers in the playoffs with 3.09 goals-against average and .860 save percentage.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to start again for the Wild in Game 3 on Tuesday night.

"He's in the net," coach Mike Yeo said. "We got to find a way to get a win and that's all of us. That's him, but our team too and I'm not going to sit around and wait for another option, for someone else to come in. This is the guy, so let's quit even talking about it. We shouldn't even be talking about who is backing up. [Bryzgalov] is the guy right now and so we have to find a way as a team and as a staff to get a win." Minnesota doesn't have any other options anyway with Darcy Kuemper, Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom injured.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 21 shots in Minnesota's 4-1 Game 2 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday.

Bryzgalov's performance at times this season was a nice story, but it doesn't appear he'll be a difference-maker for the Wild in this series, and that's obviously not good news for his team's prospects. He has given up seven goals over his last two games. Altogether, he has a 3.90 goals-against average and .830 save percentage during the playoffs. The Wild trail in the series 2-0.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

All eyes will be on Ilya Bryzgalov Sunday afternoon.

He will get the start as Darcy Kuemper is injured. Bryzgalov did not play well Friday night in Game 1 allowing four goals on 21 shots and needs to be much better if Minnesota is to have any chance of defeating the Hawks in Game 2.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov will get the nod in Game 2 Sunday afternoon.

He allowed four goals on 21 shots in Game 1 of Round 2 against Chicago, but coach Mike Yeo didn't have a problem with his performance. "I thought he played pretty well and I expect him to play well [Sunday]," Yeo said. "When I looked at the video of that game and that area, I'm not too sure what he could have done on the goals that went in. He's excited for the game and putting pressure on himself. I want everyone to remember that [Game 1] and feel that game but come out with a little more this time around." John Curry will probably remain on his backup, as Darcy Kuemper still hasn't joined the team in Chicago.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 21 shots in Minnesota's 5-2 loss to Chicago in Game 1 Friday evening.

Bryzgalov started the game, because Darcy Kuemper is out with an upper-body injury. Bryzgalov has been struggling in the postseason with a 4.16 goals-against average and .821 save percentage. The Wild need Kuemper back as soon as possible.

Ilya Bryzgalov G MIN 7 Months

Ilya Bryzgalov will play between the pipes on Friday.

Darcy Kuemper is out with an upper-body injury, so the Wild have been backed into this position. Bryzgalov has a 4.25 GAA and .826 save percentage in three playoff games.