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Monday Morning Fly By: In which we watched two shootouts and learned to tell the tale

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

They're all hugging. How sweet.
They're all hugging. How sweet.
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* Two games, two shootouts, one win, three points. Quite a weekend for the Flyers! First: a well-fought and well-played game on Saturday afternoon that went the wrong way because Henrik Lundqvist is good. Recap and observations!

* And on Sunday night, a crazy game, complete with challenges, penalties, overturned goals, pretty passing, and ... a shootout win? Strange days. Recap!

* Last night's game also saw an ugly hit from Ryan White, which led to his ejection and may lead to him getting suspended some time later today: [BSH]

* Back on Friday, we finished out our midseason roundtable series with two discussions. First, the long-term: how has the team's timetable towards legitimate contention changed, if at all? [BSH]

* And then, the instant gratification: will the team make the playoffs this year? [BSH]

* Prior to Saturday's game, Ron Hextall chatted with the folks on 97.5 about the trade with L.A., prospects, the long-term outlook, Gostisbehere, Hakstol, and more: [97.5 The Fanatic]

* The big NHL news of the weekend was that John Scott was traded to Montreal -- taking him out of the All-Star game -- and the league had something to do with it getting done, which is kinda crappy: [SBN]

* A proposal to make things right between the league and Scott: [Sportsnet]

* Other news: the Penguins traded David Perron and Adam Clendening to the Ducks for Carl Hagelin. No, seriously, the Penguins: this trade for a winger for Crosby/Malkin is gonna work. Forget about all the other ones that didn't. This one will. [Pensburgh] [Anaheim Calling]

* Anze Kopitar's mammoth new contract was made official: [NHL]

* And the Oilers signed Cam Talbot to a three-year extension worth almost exactly what Steve Mason's current contract is: [Copper & Blue]

* Alexei Emelin laid maybe the hit of the year to date on Paul Stastny on Saturday in St. Louis: [SBN]

* Down on The Farm (there's a farm in Lehigh Valley, right?), Samuel Morin's first professional season is trending in the right direction: [Highland Park Hockey]

* As for the rest of the Phantoms, they snapped a five-game losing streak last night with a win in Bridgeport: [Highland Park Hockey]

* A look at how two different elite defensemen, Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty, have become the best of the best: [Puck Daddy]

* What should the Bruins do with Loui Eriksson? Our friends at Stanley Cup of Chowder play a game of Gotta Hear Both Sides: [Keep Him] [Trade Him]

* Ranking all 30 local NHL broadcast teams: [Hockey PDOcast]