Friday Morning Fly By: Great Start to the NHL Playoffs So Far

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 11: A general view before Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 11, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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

  • Game 2 previews: [Bill Meltzer]
  • It appears that Pavel Kubina will play in place of Marc-Andre Bourdon tonight: [delcotimes.com] [Daily News]
  • The Flyers would like another road win. Obviously: [Daily News]
  • The Flyers veterans get nervous when consistently playing from behind: [delcotimes.com]
  • Sidney Crosby put to rest any doubt that he wasn't ready: [delcotimes.com]
  • On the Colin Campbell apology and previous examples of Campbell admitting to mistakes by officials! [Of Ice and Men]
  • The Phantoms need help heading into the final weekend of the season if they want to make the playoffs: [PostStar]
  • Michael Leighton should get more credit for how great he is in the AHL, like an MVP award: [PostStar]
  • Two stories on the Flyers blowup last summer. Let's get this out of the way first: It is way, way, way too early to declare victory. In case you missed it, Richards and Carter both had a pretty good game as the Kings beat the Canucks in Game 1. In case you forgot, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier also had pretty good games as the Flyers beat the Penguins in Game 1. I generally don't like Jack McCaffery and I used to not like Phil Sheridan.

    With that said, I highly recommend both pieces. McCaffery got some excellent quotes from Paul Holmgren, and while his headline declares victory, the article is solid: [delcotimes.com]

    Phil Sheridan is really changing my opinion about him. This is at least the second, probably third, article of his I highly recommend. He gets it. This is how you comment on the trades, the culture change, the locker room atmosphere, and player personalities without sounding petty or self-important. I once again salute you, Mr. Sheridan: [Inquirer]
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