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Unknown goalie Bryzgalov does job

Updated: September 3, 2004, 2:03 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With some NHL stars opting not to play, Team Russia was considered vulnerable in the World Cup of Hockey.

The Russians sure didn't play like it against one of their old rivals.

Alexei Kovalev scored the go-ahead goal and minor-league goaltender Illya Bryzgalov held his own against the American stars, helping Russia beat the United States 3-1 Thursday night.

Bryzgalov, property of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, had 20 saves, and Dainius Zubrus ...

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