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The Flyers' wild first-round victory over the Penguins, a series that was half-fighting/half-hockey, blinded many to several underlying problems that the Flyers had as a team.
First off, when Philadelphia was putting in five-to-eight goals per game ,the weakness of Bryzgalov's play was a moot point. It did not matter one bit. Fans should have realized that goaltending would be a problem later in the playoffs when the Flyers gave up 10 goals in Game 4 against Pittsburgh.
Secondly, Philadelphia's offense was simply not as high-powered as it seemed in Round 1. There was minimal defense played in the series with Pittsburgh and the speedy Flyers forwards were able to capitalize because of the frantic style of play.
However, when the Devils put forth a defensive system that was sturdy, the big guns for the Flyers became very frustrated. Jaromir Jagr became invisible and the Giroux line overall was neutralized to the point of obscurity at some points during the series.
Lastly, Philadelphia beat the Penguins in part because they got to them both physically and mentally. When the Devils did not retaliate to some chippy play put forth by the Flyers, audiences began to see the flaws that Philadelphia has as a team. They did not have the team unity to beat a squad like New Jersey.
It even seemed like Philadelphia believed they were better than the Devils, and this is what ultimately did them in.
All things considered, the Flyers are a talented young group that has a lot to learn when it comes to discipline and defense.