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Monday Morning Fly By: Defense and Goaltending Win Championships Still, Right?

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

  • Recaps: [BSH] [SB Nation Philly] [Puck Daddy] [Inquirer] [delcotimes.com] [Backhand Shelf] [CSNPhilly] [the700level] [NHL.com] [Of Ice and Men] [Flyers Faithful] [Daily News] [The Hockey Guys]
  • Miss the game? There was a lot of fighting and cheap shots by Pittsburgh: [SBNation.com]
  • A good recap of the Crosby/Giroux; Letang/Timonen scrap in the first: [CSNPhilly]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has been atrocious: [delcotimes.com] [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • A reminder that the NHL let Shea Weber walk with only a nominal fine (he earned $3,265 for every shift he took in the regular season, was fined $2,500), so don't expect a whole lot of NHL discipline: [Inquirer]
  • Hulk Hogan recorded a message for the Flyers, shown during the third period: [Frequent Flyers] [the700level]
  • Phil Sheridan on the Flyers relying on youth: [Inquirer]
  • James van Riemsdyk is getting "close", according to this report: [Broad Street Bull]
  • Pittsburgh folks are understandably turning on the Pens as well. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune says the Penguins shouldn't even bother showing up to Game 4. [TribLive]
  • Fans are writing disgusted open letters to management. [Pensburgh]
  • And if you want to sample the anguish/schadenfreude in audio form, try this Pensblog podcast. [Pensblog]
  • Excellent article on why Marc-Andre Bourdon, his concussion and the subsequent reaction from the team, the media, and yes, even us is the perfect example of why the NHL's concussion culture is in desperate need of fixing: [Puck Daddy]
  • The Phantoms beat the Sharks 3-2 Saturday but were eliminated from the playoffs anyway: [PostStar]
  • So Brent Burns put a deliberate elbow on Scott Nichol Saturday: [Puck Daddy]
  • Carl Hagelin was suspended three games: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy] Autoplay Video: [NHL.com]
  • Matt Carkner was suspended one game: [SBNation.com] [Puck Daddy]
  • If you go watch a Peoria game for the sole purpose of writing about Danny Syvret, you are guaranteed to get our attention. Yes, Syvret was awesome in this game too: [Flyers Faithful]
  • Sitting on a lead is not a sound strategy this year: [Brodeur is a Fraud]
  • Looking at the Eastern Conference's best young forwards. The Flyers have a few impressive young guys: [The Copper & Blue]