Hockey Hilarity: Bryzgalov and Oilers Shutout Predators and Why It Isn’t A Humongous Big Deal

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Yesterday, Ilya Bryzgalov (yes, that Ilya Bryzgalov), with the help of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team (yes, that Edmonton Oilers hockey team) recorded a shutout in his first start this season. What is hilarious about this is that people think this is a humongous big deal (yeah, I hate that stupid, cheap, annoying joke too). It’s not. Want to know why? The Oilers shutout the Nashville Predators.

For the record, I love the Nashville Predators. They’ve always been a good defensive team who have lacked the ability to score lots of goals. This year is no exception. They’ve been shutout six times so far this season, if you include yesterday’s blanking, and it’s still only November. I’m not saying the Philadelphia Flyers are much better, because they’re actually worse in terms of goals scored per 60 minutes (Nashville is struggling at 2.31 goals per game, while Philadelphia is potting a putrid 2.17 goals per game). Nah, what is remarkable to me is that anyone is making a big deal about Bryzgalov getting a shutout. Sure, the Oilers getting their second of the season when they’ve allowed more goals than any team in the league is kind of a thing… But It’s not like Bryzgalov isn’t a good goaltender at all, I mean he can be really, really good (look at his March of 2012 or the first 10-ish games of last season). But to shutout a team who has already been shutout five prior times in just 26 games, or 23% of their season thus far, that’s not really a big deal.

I’m sorry for pointing it out guys. I know you really needed this one.


Next week, when it’s not so Thanksgiving’y, this will be funnier. Until then, I bid you adieu or whatever!