Tuesday Morning Fly By: In Which a 19th Century Wisconsin Court Case is Relevant

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 15: Linesman Scott Driscoll #68 removes a stuffed penguin with a noose around it's neck from the ice during the third period in the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 15, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Penguins 8-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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

  • Travis chimes in with a good breakdown of how the Penguins embarrassed themselves to the point where even Penguins fans agree: [SBNation.com]
  • The Flyers rookies continue to impress, as they have done all year: [SB Nation Philly]
  • Special teams are playing a big role for the Flyers: [CSNPhilly] [Daily News]
  • The Flyers won on home ice. In an afternoon game. Against a strong opponent. This is obviously bizarro world: [SB Nation Philly]
  • There have been a lot of goals scored this series, many of which were pretty bad goals, so here is all 17 scored against Marc-Andre Fleury: [Deadspin]
  • And here are all 12 scored against Ilya Bryzgalov: [Backhand Shelf]
  • The weekly minor league update: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Niko Hovinen stopped all 37 shots in a 2-0 Game 1 win in the SM-Liga Final: [euroflyers]
  • Phil Sheridan chimes in with a good look at the concussion problem in the NHL and the disconnect between the players and the issue: [Inquirer]
  • Sam Donnellon on how Keith Primeau wants the NHL to crack down hard on the Penguins: [Daily News]
  • Shanahan was the topic of the day as the lack of consistency in rulings is painfully obvious: [SBNation.com] [Of Ice and Men]
  • If you read one story on Shanahan and suspensions today, it should be this one: Explaining the NHL's justice system in terms of an 1891 Wisconsin Supreme Court case and common law theories of damages. Even if you aren't a lawyer, it is a great read: [Deadspin]
  • In the weekly What We Learned post, we learned that people have a really hard time letting go of perceptions gathered early in a player's career. Marc-Andre Fleury is the example: [Puck Daddy]
  • So Brendan Shanahan gave a radio interview yesterday morning and admitted to thinking about suspending Shea Weber, but since Henrik Zetterberg was not injured, he wasn't suspended: [Puck Daddy]
  • Fighting normally decreases in the postseason, but it isn't this year: [Backhand Shelf]
  • Looking at when goons fight and get ice time, in a fascinating study: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Explaining how derogatory statements toward players are offensive to women in a way that doesn't require insulting the speaker: [The Active Stick]
  • Looking at the best and worst players at driving play forward, using Zone Shift. There are a lot of former Flyers among the worst-25, with Betts among the best and Briere among the worst: [Arctic Ice Hockey]
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