Should the Philadelphia Flyers Be Worried About Their Defense Moving Forward?

By Johnny Machurek

The Philadelphia Flyers have defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins and will now move on to the second round, but should they be worried about their defense moving forward?

It is no secret that both teams put up a lot points in this series and both teams struggled on defense.  The Flyers allowed 4.33 goals per-game, while they have scored five-goals per-game.

Defense and the goaltending looked terrible all except for game six.  Ilya Bryzgalov at times made some beautiful saves, but allowed some very soft goals.  The defense also allowed Penguin players to skate in and get some very high scoring chances.

A lot of this had to do with the fact that you had the top two scoring offenses going head-to-head.  Also, you had two goalies that looked very shaky.  The biggest factor may have been the fact this was an intense rivalry, players looked more like they wanted that big hit rather than playing fundamental hockey.  Players were looking for the body and when they wouldn’t get it led to high quality scoring chances.

Philadelphia had a huge breakthrough in the clinching game on Sunday.  A solid game was played by all especially the defense who blocked 40-shots, led by rookie Erik Gustafsson who blocked seven-shots.

The Flyers will not face another team with the fire power that Pittsburgh has and that has got to be a relief.  Whoever Philly plays next it should be a much lower scoring series.

If the d plays like it played in game six, the Flyers will be fine.  That game could be a turning point for the defense the rest of the way.

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