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HBO star Brzygalov announces he's not starting in goal for Winter Classic

While I'm working on a story for Monday's paper about the Sabres' Grinch-like December, here's a New Year's chuckle to enjoy:

Coaches are notorious for not letting out the information on their starting goaltenders. We barely ask Lindy Ruff who's starting anymore because it's a waste of time since he'll almost never answer the question. Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is the same way. So you better believe he must be furious about what happened today in Philly.

Reporters covering Flyers practice on the eve of the Winter Classic asked Sergei Bobrovsky who was starting and were told, "It's very confidential." Laviolette said there was no decision yet. But Ilya Brzygalov, who has been far and away the No. 1 star of HBO's "24/7" with his hysterically bizarre rants,  quickly gave it away today in another crazy interview.

Watch it below, courtesy of Yahoo's terrific Puck Daddy blog. And bet a lot of this shows up in Episode 4 of 24/7. And bet that he's going to get quite a talking to from Laviolette once the HBO cameras are gone.

---Mike Harrington


Philadelphia Flyers
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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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