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Friday Morning Fly By: Tie It Up

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

  • Previews of tonight's game: [NHL.com] [CSNPhilly] [Second City Hockey]
  • Game 3 was the most-watched Finals game on cable since 2002: [Puck Daddy]
  • Anthony SanFilippo tries to rank the best Flyers games of the past 15 years. I'm a little disappointed with his ranking: [In The Room]
  • The Flyers have been winning the special teams battle: [CSNPhilly]
  • Ville Leino wanted more ice time. He received more than any forward in Game 3 and earned every second of it. [CSNPhilly]
  • From Justin Bourne: "Laviolette was a good mid-season acquisition for the Flyers, and if his team can match his ability to operate under a controlled burn, they'll have a lot better chance of coming all the way back in the finals." [Puck Daddy]
  • More on Laviolette and his tendency to wear out his welcome: [CSNPhilly]
  • Oskars Bartulis must be the happiest person alive: "The coach has more confidence in the more experienced guys", he explains. "That's it. I don't care how much I play. The main thing is we won [Game 3]." [EuroFlyers]
  • Chris Pronger is fine with being a villain, but is Chicago lodging complaints about his play? [CSNPhilly]
  • More on Pronger's villainous nature, including how the NHL is learning to market it: [Puck Daddy]
  • Asking if Pronger is getting in the Blackhawks' heads: [Daily News]
  • The Hartnell - Briere - Leino line has been getting a lot of much deserved press lately. Here's one about the "Redemption Line": [Inquirer]
  • Scott Hartnell had to overcome some off-ice issues, but he did: [Daily News]
  • And now he's at the heart of that line's resurgence: [DelcoTimes]
  • Leino is having a fine Playoffs: [Daily News]
  • Peter Laviolette finally sees the Richards line coming to life: [DelcoTimes]
  • With Nicklas Lidstrom re-signing with the Red Wings, the question arises - when do you call it a career? [From The Rink]
  • Apparently God wants the Flyers to win the Cup. But more importantly, is that Monty G, better known for doing the Phanatic Dance in the background?! [Puck Daddy]
  • The Flyers placed Patrick Thoresen on waivers. [euroflyers]
  • How to prevent the Winter Classic from becoming a perpetual "that team AGAIN" problem: [From the Rink]
  • After grilling Gary Bettman the night before, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Ron MacLean helped save a man drowning in the Delaware River. [Puck Daddy]
  • But what was he thinking while doing it? "Hey, why did the water just rise up and part down the middle ... oh cool, Roy Halladay is here!" [Down Goes Brown]
  • A Pittsburgh politician introduced a bill requesting the whole Commonwealth support the Flyers. Whaaaaaa? [Puck Daddy]
  • Pretty sweet video of Matt ("Moonshot") Stairs teaching Jenny Cavnar the basics of hockey: [Hockey or Die]
  • Here we must ask, who is the better fan: Flyers Superfan Not Allowed in U.S. [CBC] or Adorable Name Dropping Girl [ABC]?