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Ducks lose, but Ilya Bryzgalov is impressive

Ducks lose, but Ilya Bryzgalov is impressive

Ilya Bryzgalov and the Ducks didn't win.

But the backup goalie will accept the mental lift and the team will take the standings point it left Verizon Center with Friday after losing by shootout to the Washington Capitals, 3-2.

The 34-year-old Bryzgalov might not have been playing for his career, but on the heels of a second six-goals-allowed defeat Jan. 29 in San Jose that was his third loss in four starts, he needed to show something.

And in a 32-save performance in which he turned away NHL goals leader Alex Ovechkin on a second-period one-on-one and in the shootout, Bryzgalov delivered the type of outing his team needs moving forward.

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