1. Worth every penny.
Ilya Bryzgalov, the $51 million man made a triumphant debut for the Flyers Thursday. Bryzgalov, the league’s highest-paid goaltender, denied the Bruins at nearly every turn.?He made 22 saves, including some clutch denials in the third period when the Bruins, trailing 2-1, strung together a pair of power plays. The goaltender turnstile may finally be a thing of the past.
2. Welcome back, Prongs.
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Chris Pronger’s absence from the semifinal series against the Bruins in May was profoundly felt, but so was his presence Thursday night. Pronger, who turns 37 Monday, played a team-high 24 minutes, 34 seconds and anchored a defense that limited the Bruins to 23 shots on goal. Pronger even contributed an assist on Claude Giroux’s game-tying goal in the first period.
3 Just like old times.
Three years away from the NHL, Jaromir Jagr looked like his old, future Hall-of-Fame self vs. the Bruins, assisting on Giroux’s goal and drawing a key penalty against Johnny Boychuk late to help seal the victory.