The offense was stopped cold by some outstanding goaltending by Brodeur. Our goaltending was more tha adequate, Biron did stop 39 shots. True, he didn't stop three, but, after all, stopping 42 shots is asking too much of a goaltender. Especially when the goaltender is asked to do this practically every game.
There lies the problem. Nitty amd Marty are put into a shooting gallery on a consistent basis. It doesn't seem to be the result of odd man breaks. Again, today, Marty was facing a barrage of shots because of that old and bad habit of skating out of their own end before they had complete control of the puck.
This is one Flyers team that breaks the mold. The roster doesn't have a bunch of slow methodical grinders. These Flyers finally have enough speed to stay with everyone. The problem is they get a liitle too anxious to make something happen. The result is the transition from defense to offense seems to get rushed just enough that the puck ends up hitting a stray stick or skate, and next thing you know..bingo 42 shots..way too many. Speed is great. It would even be greater with the puck.
This team probably doesn't need a goaltender or even another defenseman. Not at this point. They need time to grow together. They need time to solve that nagging weakness of the errant passes coming out of their own end. Then, and only then, will they cut down on the shots the goaltenders are seeing. Until then, no defenseman and no goaltender is going to make any difference.