2006-07: Appeared in his fourth NHL season…went 5-1-3 in his last eight games (all starts), recording a 1.96 GAA (18GA/552 min.) and .934 SV% (255-of-273)…stopped a season and career-high 42 shots, Apr. 7 @ CBJ…recorded 100:10 of shutout time Oct. 28-Nov. 3…missed 12 games with a groin strain (Dec. 6-31)…stopped all 14 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season, Oct. 28 @ CHI…missed three games with a lower body injury, Nov. 26-30…PLAYOFFS: Stopped 19-of-20 shots for his ninth career postseason win, Apr. 15 @ MIN in Game Three of the CQF…stopped 30-of-32 shots en route to a win, Apr. 13 vs. MIN in Game Two of the CQF…stopped 24-of-25 shots for his first win of the 2007 postseason, Apr. 11 vs. MIN in Game One of the CQF.
Career: Agreed to a two-year contract on Sept. 6, 2006…2005-2006: Played in 11 postseason games (including a series clinching win), stopping 40 of 41 shots in Game 4, May 11 @ COL …recorded 249:15 of shutout time May 3-May 9, the second-longest such streak in NHL playoff history…stopped all 22 shots he faced, tying an NHL record for consecutive shutouts (3) in the playoffs in Game 2 of CSF, May 7 vs. COL…stopped all 29 shots he faced, becoming the first rookie goaltender to post consecutive shutouts in the playoffs since 1945, in Game 1, May 5 vs. COL…recorded his first career playoff shutout, stopping 22 shots in Game 7 of CQF, May 3 @ CGY …stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced in his first career NHL playoff win in Game 6 of CQF, May 1 vs. CGY…during the regular season, set rookie club records in wins (13), most saves (667) shots faced (733) and minutes played (1575) and shutouts with one…won six of his last 10 games (two no-decisions), earning a .915 SV% (216 of 236) and 2.32 GAA (20 GA, 518 MIN)…finished 2nd in the NHL in rookie GAA and 4th in rookie SV%...7th in the NHL in GAA…earned the win, stopping 18 of 19 shots in 49 minutes of relief, Mar. 22 vs. COL… tied an NHL record with 2 PP assists, Feb. 1 vs. SJ-which also set club record for assists by a goaltender in one game …stopped all 24 shots he faced for his first career shutout, Jan. 26 @ SJ…named a runner-up for NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 5, after posting a 2-0-0 record, with a 1.00 GAA and .947 SV%…named a runner-up for NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 27 after posting a 3-1-0 record, with 1.50 GAA and .946 SV%…stopped his first career penalty shot (Brett Clark), Nov. 18 vs. COL…made his first start of the season, stopping a career-high 36 shots and setting a rookie club record for most shots faced (39) and most saves (36) in a single game, Oct. 21 @ DET…played for Team Russia at the 2006 Olympics…2004-05: Spent the season with Cincinnati of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting a 17-13-1 record with a 2.60 goals against average and four shutouts…in seven playoff games, posted a 3-3 record with a 2.48 GAA…2003-04: He finished first among AHL goalies in minutes (3750), second in saves (1644) and tied for second in wins (27), while setting career-bests in games (64), GAA (2.32), wins, shutouts (6) and minutes…his 64 games played, 27 wins, 3,748 minutes played, 1,644 saves, six shutouts and a 2.32 GAA, goaltender broke the Cincinnati franchise single-season records in each category…earned his first NHL win with 26 saves in Anaheim’s 3-2 OT victory, Mar. 16 @ PHX…2002-03: Finished third among AHL goalies in games (54) and minutes played (3,020)…2001-02: Established a franchise record for most wins in one season by a rookie goaltender (20) with Cincinnati (AHL)…earned a bronze medal as a member of Team Russia at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games…named to the 2002 AHL All-Star Classic…recorded 13, 30-plus save performances on the season…appeared in first NHL game in relief of Steve Shields Oct. 8, 2001 at Toronto, stopping 11-of-12 shots…2000-01: He played 34 games with Lada Togliatti in the Russian Hockey League, recording a league-leading eight shutouts and the fourth-best GAA (1.84)…played for Team Russia at the 2000 World Junior Championships in 1999-2000, leading the team to a Silver Medal with a tournament-best 0.77 GAA and a .971 SV%…posted a 2.75 GAA at the 2000 World Championships in four games for Team Russia…Miscellaneous: Has appeared in 199 AHL games, earning a 2.54 GAA and 76-80-24 record… was the highest goalie selected in the NHL Entry Draft by the team in franchise history.
Personal: Ilya and his wife, Yevgeniya have a daughter, Valery (2) and son, Vladislav (1)…the family lives in Yorba Linda…spent his day with the Stanley Cup in his hometown of Togliatti, Russia…an impromptu parade of honking cars followed his limo into town…ate a breakfast of eggs and sausage at his old arena where he played in juniors with Lada Togliatti…the Cup was also placed on display at the Sports Palace for a public viewing…the celebration continued with a three-hour cruise down the Volga River…finished the evening off with a meal at Long John Silver’s and a fireworks display…spent five summers attending college in Russia, where he earned his degree, allowing him to teach and coach in Russian schools…reads books and enjoys studying philosophy…did not emulate anyone in particular as a young goalie, instead focusing on being the best he could be…says his time away from the rink is dominated by his family.
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