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Monday Morning Fly By: Johan Backlund Is Tearing It Up In Europe

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

  • Recaps: [BSH] [SB Nation Philly] [Daily News] [Inquirer] [The Checking Line] [the700level] [CSNPhilly] [Flyers Faithful] [delcotimes]
  • Scott Hartnell got TWO columns yesterday. One from Rich Hofmann at the Daily News and another from Phil Sheridan at the Inquirer.
  • The Flyers kept Sidney Crosby in check yesterday: [Daily News]
  • The Phantoms lost to Hershey 6-3 Friday: [PostStar] Auto-play highlights: [YouTube]
  • And then lost to Syracuse 5-2 Saturday: [PostStar]
  • As of Tuesday, the Phantoms' playoff chances were 41%. But they've lost a few games since then. [PostStar]
  • Johan Backlund stopped 34 of 35 shots in a 4-1 win on Saturday: [euroflyers] He followed it up by stopping 35 of 36 shots in a 2-1 win Sunday: [euroflyers]
  • Jakub Kovar stopped 32 of 35 shots in a Game 5 loss, ending his season: [euroflyers] He had a 3.12 gaa and 91.4% sv% in 5 playoff games: [euroflyers]
  • One of the best jersey updates in awhile: Numerous terrible third jerseys are never coming back. [icethetics]
  • Full NCAA hockey tournament coverage, where Boston College is the top seed: [SBNation.com]
  • There are a lot fewer power plays in the NHL compared to six years ago: [Hockey Prospectus]
  • Looking at the NHL's 50 goal club: [Down Goes Brown]
  • A Vancouver writer criticized Manny Malhotra for having a bad plus/minus. This is ludicrous, and you don't even need non-traditional stats to explain why. Is it really that hard to stop thinking plus/minus is amazing and use your eyes to see how Malhotra is used? [Backhand Shelf]
  • BSH/Flyers Faithful 2012 Roller Hockey Tournament Fundraiser registration is now open: [Flyers Faithful]