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Monday Morning Fly By: Wow the NHL is cancelling the playoffs this year. Bold move.

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

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* The Flyers got eliminated from playoff contention last night, to the surprise of very few. Made it interesting at the end there though didn’t they! Here’s a recap.

* This after the shocking scene from Saturday night in which Michal Neuvirth left the game against the Devils after collapsing in his crease: [BSH] (Neuvirth has been released from the hospital, though, which is great news.)

* I guess the news isn’t ALL bad. The Flyers won that game: [BSH]

* And they tried to put in emergency third-string goalie Eric Semborski, which was really cool until the refs said they couldn’t do it: [SB Nation]

* More good news came on Friday as the Flyers inked Union forward Mike Vecchione, who will likely play some time in one of these last three games: [BSH]

* From that game on Saturday, Devils defenseman Dalton Prout will have a hearing for his extremely uncalled-for late hit on Radko Gudas in the second period: [NBC Sports]

* The Phantoms got out to a rough start to the weekend, with losses on Friday and Saturday, but they bounced back with a crucial win over Hershey on Sunday that keeps them in the drivers’ seat for second place in their division: [Highland Park Hockey]

* While the Reading Royals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday: [Reading Royals]

* Elsewhere, Joe Thornton suffered a leg injury last night that could seriously derail the Sharks’ chances this postseason if it’s serious: [Fear the Fin]

* It’s still somewhat surprising that the NHL made the right decision on revealing expansion draft lists: [VICE]

* USA women’s hockey opened the World Championships on Friday with a win over Canada: [NBC Sports]

* And then Canada turned around on Saturday and ... lost to Finland?? It’s the Canadian women’s team’s first ever loss in World Championships to a non-US team: [Puck Daddy]

* Finally, a history of the NHL’s playoff format over the past century: [Sportsnet]