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The most crucial aspect of a playoff series, goaltending, will go a long way in determining which team advances.
Both goaltenders posted respectable numbers through the regular season.
Andre-Fleury: 2.36 GAA 42 wins 17 losses 4 OTL 3 SO .913 SV%
Bryzgalov: 2.48 GAA 33 wins 16 losses 7 OTL 6 SO .909 SV%
Their playoff totals in terms of goals against and save percentage are almost carbon copies.
Bryzgalov has a postseason career .917 SV% and a 2.55 GAA.
Andre-Fleury has a postseason career .910 SV% and a 2.52 GAA.
Andre-Fleury also backstopped his team to a Stanley Cup championship.
Bryzgalov stepped in for five games during a playoff run while his starter was injured and did an excellent job, which helped his team eventually win a Cup. Bryzgalov is nursing a foot injury, but at this point he can't afford to let that be a factor.
Based on the fact Fleury is marginally more proven in the playoffs than Bryzgalov, the edge goes to Pittsburgh.
I say he's marginally more proven because it is my opinion that if you switched these two out and put Andre-Fleury on Phoenix and Bryzgalov on Pittsburgh, the results would have been similar.