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Dave Isaac brings an impressive resume to 97.3 ESPN. He'll be covering the Philadelphia Flyers on-air and online for South Jersey's Sports Leader. Dave also covers the Flyers for the Courier-Post, a job he's held for the past three seasons.
Ray Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots and was pulled in favor of the injured Steve Mason late in Tuesday night's Game 3, which the Flyers lost 4-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Ray Emery allowed four goals on 20 shots and was pulled in favor of the injured Steve Mason late in Tuesday night's Game 3, which the Flyers lost 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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On the Ice with Isaac: Playing the Hot Hand, Rangers Defense, Black Aces

PHILADELPHIA – In his first year as head coach, Craig Berube still is establishing his own way of doing things.

As the book on Berube grows, another chapter can be written regarding his treatment of goalies in the playoffs.

He likes to go with the hot hand.

After Tue

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Center Vinny Lecavalier (40) will be honored by his former team when the Flyers play the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Vincent Lecavalier played only 7:42 minutes in Game 1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Flyers Hope Vinny Lecavalier can be a Wild Card

VOORHEES – Craig Berube wanted to get more ice time for the player the Flyers made a five-year, $22.5 million commitment to last offseason.

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Ray Emery played a big role in the Philadelphia Flyers evening their series 1-1 against the New York Rangers thanks to a 4-2 Game 2 win on Sunday. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Ray Emery played a big role in the Philadelphia Flyers evening their series 1-1 against the New York Rangers thanks to a 4-2 Game 2 win on Sunday. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Flyers Tie Series With Come-Back Win Over Rangers

NEW YORK - Even though he didn't know he'd be starting until the day before the series began, Ray Emery played well enough to steal Game 1 for the Flyers against the New York Rangers. His teammates didn't.

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Ray Emery was playing between the pipes because Steve Mason was unavailable due to an upper-body injury and will start in game two. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Ray Emery was playing between the pipes because Steve Mason was unavailable due to an upper-body injury and will start in game two. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Ray Emery Will Start in Game Two; Steve Mason Hopes to be Back for Game Three

NEW YORK — As Flyers practice waned, general manager Paul Holmgren walked down from his seat a few rows off the ice to talk to trainer Jim McCrossin, who was sitting on the bench watching Steve Mason.

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Overall, Philadelphia managed just 15 shots on goal, which is their lowest total in a playoff game since 2008.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Overall, Philadelphia managed just 15 shots on goal, which is their lowest total in a playoff game since 2008. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Flyers Need More From Top Line

NEW YORK — Craig Berube likes using Sean Couturier's line to shut down the opponent's top trios. He's done it all year and has tried to get that matchup whenever possible.

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Steve Mason is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday.  (Photo: prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
Steve Mason is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday. (Photo: prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
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Will Steve Mason be Ready for Sunday?

NEW YORK — For the first time since Tuesday, goalie Steve Mason was on the ice in practice.

Conditions were a bit unusual. The rink at Chelsea Piers isn't quite NHL size and the players shooting on him – Jay Rosehill, Chris VandeVelde and Erik Gustafsson – didn't play in the Flyers' Game 1 loss to the New York Rangers Thursday. Goalie coach Jeff Reese and assistan

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Brad Richards was excellent in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Brad Richards was excellent in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Flyers Fall in Game One vs Rangers

NEW YORK – All the talk the past few days was how big the drop off would be with Steve Mason injured and Ray Emery forced into the starting role in a playoff series with the New York Rangers.

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Ray Emery will start in Game 1 of Philadelphia's series against the New York Rangers (Getty Images)
Ray Emery will start in Game 1 of Philadelphia's series against the New York Rangers (Getty Images)
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Steve Mason Will Miss Game One, Ray Emery Will Start

VOORHEES — There's a reason why the Flyers thought it was a big deal they were able to land Ray Emery a second time when they signed him to a one-year contract this past offseason.

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Steve Mason is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday.  (Photo: prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
Steve Mason is healthy enough to serve as Philadelphia's backup goaltender on Tuesday. (Photo: prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com)
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Will Steve Mason Play in Game One vs Rangers?

VOORHEES – Just like always, Steve Mason was the first Flyer on the ice. He and goalie coach Jeff Reese went through their normal routine before most of the other players had started practicing.

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