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Friday Morning Fly By: GOLD GOLD GOLD BABY

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

Kate Frese

*There are two games this weekend. One Saturday afternoon, one Sunday evening. Do with that information what you will. It's Friday...

*...AND TEAM USA WON THE GOLD!!! Holy crap what a game.

*Soooo we're in a bit of a downswing with this team, eh folks? Who knows how long it'll last. [Inquirer]

*Charlie has observations from Wednesday's loss to Henrik Lundqvist, you should read them. [BSH]

*Also, welcome our newest addition to the BSH fam, Kate Frese! She takes awesome pictures and will be providing you cool galleries like this throughout the season. [BSH]

*So let's all pretend that benching dynamic young players in favor of old trash is a good and effective strategy. [Inquirer]

*In good hockey news, three Lehigh Valley Phantoms will represent the team at their All-Star game this year. [Highland Park Hockey]

*Hear from the players themselves on the excitement that comes with being picked for the All-Star festivities. [The Morning Call]

*DGB on the absolutely madness that is was the Columbus Blue Jackets' winning streak. [Sportsnet]

*Think the NHL might ever consider the idea of playoffs play-in games? [Puck Daddy]

*This dog is awesome, we should all be this cool. [Deadspin]

*And finally, here's something good about the Flyers: Steve Mason's new mask. [BSH]