Monday Morning Fly By: Miss those New Year's Eves in Vancouver

Bruce Bennett

Happy New Year's Eve! Hopefully 2013 will be better than 2012.

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers-related news and notes...

* On Friday, the Phantoms lost to the Providence Bruins 4-2: [Philadelphia Flyers] [PostStar] [Phantoms Forum] [Flyers Faithful] [The Saratogian]

* The Phantoms fell to the Portland Pirates 2-1 Saturday: [Philadelphia Flyers] [The Saratogian] [PostStar] [Phantoms Forum]

* Penalties are still a problem for the Phantoms, specifically stick infractions: [The Saratogian]

* In a battle between Reading and Trenton, the Royals won 3-2 on Friday: [Flyers Faithful]

* The following night, the Royals beat the Titans by the same score on Saturday: [The Checking Line]

* A good piece on Marcel Noebels and his strong performance in the ECHL thus far: [Sportsology]

* Penn State lost to Robert Morris 6-0 in the first game of the Three Rivers Classic. Postgame video from the head coach: [Thank You Terry] and from Robert Morris: [Thank You Terry]

* Penn State won the consolation game, however, by beating Ohio State 5-4. [Thank You Terry] Postgame video from both sides: [Thank You Terry]

* On the media experience at the Three Rivers Classic: [Thank You Terry]

* Claude Giroux's celebration after winning Game 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals is now a painting: [the700level]

* Former Flyers prospect Mike Ratchuk made the highlight reel with this shootout goal: [Puck Daddy]

* Ugly scene in Huntsville, Alabama as a brawl erupted in the bench: [On the Forecheck] [Puck Daddy] [Deadspin]

* Puck Daddy alternative awards for 2012 hockey: [Puck Daddy]

* And the top-10 players of 2012, with Claude Giroux making the top-5: [Puck Daddy]

* Is the NHL trying to expand to 20 playoff teams? [mc79hockey]

* First half grades for teams from the Hockey East: [Western College Hockey Blog]

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