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Ilya Bryzgalov chides Russian reporters for writing ‘filth’, asks them to touch his jersey

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Philadelphia Flyers goalie and cosmonaut Ilya Bryzgalov is playing for CSKA Moscow of the KHL during the NHL lockout, although "playing" might be generous.

Bryz has appeared in six of the team's 23 games with a 2-4 record, a 2.92 GAA and a .892 save percentage. He's currently sitting behind Rastislav Stana, the KHL's top goalie with a 10-2 record in 15 games and a 1.58 GAA.

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But Bryzgalov picked up a win against Amur last Friday; a 6-2 victory that saw him make 20 saves despite giving up a penalty shot goal to Dmitry Tarasov on a play in which Bryzgalov was penalized for throwing his stick.

Maybe that set off Bryzgalov. Maybe it's his lot in KHL life. Maybe the Russia media's been snippy with him. Whatever the case, he got Bryz'y with it in the team's postgame media availability, and claimed there is 'filth' being written about him.

Here's Russian-language video via The 700 Level and Slava Malamud:

Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News had the translation from Sportbox.ru:

Question: Can you talk about the win tonight?

Bryzgalov: What do you want me to say? You've been writing filth about me and now you are asking for an interview. Go look around; there are so many good players. You can go talk to them. Why me? In reality, my wife, Zhenya, forbade me from giving interviews and so did my parents. If you call them in Togliatti and they give you their permission, then I might do it. Do you think I'm joking? No, I'm not joking in this case. I am telling the truth.

Question: At least share your impressions about the game?

Bryzgalov: What impression are you talking about? I didn't have to work hard. Even my uniform is dry. You can touch it yourself if you want just to make sure.

Pretty sure that last line is from a Ke$ha song.

Hopefully the lockout ends soon and Bryzgalov can return to North America where his only mental strains are somehow finding success as a goaltender in Philadelphia, a potential contract buyout and the plight of Chinese tigers.

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