"It's not a big deal for me. It's fun because we won the game." the Anaheim goalie said last night after he blanked the visiting Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 Mighty Ducks victory for his third consecutive shutout of the playoffs.
The victory gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal that resumes in Colorado tomorrow night.
Bryzgalov, who made 22 saves in the win, matched the record by Toronto's Frank McCool, who had three postseason shutouts in a row as a rookie against Detroit in 1945.
Bryzgalov supplanted 2003 playoffs MVP Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the Ducks' No. 1 goalie during the opening round against the Calgary Flames. The 25-year-old Russian shut out Calgary in Game 7, then blanked the Avalanche in Anaheim's series-opening 5-0 win.
"I don't even think he realizes." Anaheim's Teemu Selanne said of Bryzgalov's impressive string. "He's just a guy who goes out there and has fun and doesn't take any pressure or anything."
Selanne grinned and added, "So don't tell him."