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NHL: Philadelphia 3, N.Y. Islanders 2

Uniondale, N.Y. -- Danny Briere found the net late in the third period Sunday, boosting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 decision over the New York Islanders.

Scott Hartnell made a cross-ice pass from the left halfboards to Briere, who received the puck in the high slot and unleashed a wrist shot to the glove side of Dwayne Roloson and into the net for the go-ahead tally with less than 6 minutes remaining in regulation.

Andreas Nodl and Matt Carle also scored for the Flyers and Andrej Meszaros contributed a pair of assists from the victors.

Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 28 shots in Philadelphia's win.

The hapless Islanders, who lost for the sixteenth time in 17 games, got goals from P.A. Parenteau and Frans Nielsen in their latest defeat.

Flyers ink 11-year deal with Jeff Carter

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to an 11-year, $58 million contract extension for forward Jeff Carter, Canadian broadcaster TSN reported Saturday.

The network said the 25-year-old has been rewarded with a long-term deal thanks to his impressive start to the 2010-11 season following key contributions in last year's regular season.

The apparent move comes only days after the Flyers locked up the services of another young star, Claude Giroux, who was inked to an $11.25 million deal over three years.

Carter, who scored a hat trick in Philadelphia's 8-1 rout of Carolina Thursday, has racked up eight goals and 14 points in 16 games so far this year. In 2009-10 he scored a team-high 33 goals to go with 61 points in 74 games.

Flyers sign Giroux to 3-year extension

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Flyers have signed former first-round draft choice Claude Giroux to a three-year contract extension, the team said Monday.

The terms of the deal weren't revealed but Canadian broadcaster TSN reported it was for a total of $11.25 million, with $2.75 million due in first year.

Giroux has totaled 32 goals and 56 assists over 141 games since the Flyers drafted him 22nd overall in 2006. The 22-year old has seven goals and 14 assists in 15 games this season, both team highs.

Giroux had 16 goals and 31 assists while appearing in all 82 games last season, adding 10 goals and 11 assists in 23 post-season games during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Flyers sign tough-guy winger Carcillo

Philadelphia -- The Philadelphia Flyers signed tough-guy left wing Dan Carcillo to a one-year contract, the team said Tuesday.

The signing comes after Carcillo, 25, filed for salary arbitration last week.
"We are happy to have Dan under contract for the 2010-11 season," said Philadelphia General Manager Paul Holmgren.

Carcillo is known for his "enforcer" style -- his 207 penalty minutes ranked fourth in the NHL last season. But he is not merely a one-dimensional player, scoring 12 goals and racking up 10 assists over 76 games last season.

In 225 career games between Phoenix and Philadelphia, Carcillo has 32 goals and 35 assists with 859 penalty minutes.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Game 2 draws record Stanley Cup ratings

New York -- Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers earned record ratings for NBC Sports, officials said Tuesday.

The league said the Monday night contest, which Chicago won 2-1 to take a 2-games-to-none lead in the championship series, earned the best overnight rating (4.1 rating and 7 share) for a Game 2 in records stretching back to 1975, NHL.com reported.

That figure was a 21 percent improvement over the 3.4 rating garnered for Game 2 of last year's series between Detroit and Pittsburgh.

NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins said viewership peaked at a 4.7 rating and 8 share from 10:30-11 p.m., adding that the Chicago market delivered a 25.1/39 while Philadelphia earned an 18.5/29.

NHL Winter Classic heads to Boston

Boston -- The Boston Bruins will face the Philadelphia Flyers next season in the NHL's Winter Classic Jan. 1, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced.

The New Years Day contest between the Eastern Conference rivals will be played on the infield at Fenway Park, the home field of baseball's Boston Red Sox since 1912.

"A unique event deserves a unique venue, and we are delighted the Bruins and Flyers will renew their rivalry with the 'Green Monster' providing the backdrop," Bettman said at news conference. "We welcome our fans, our teams, our sponsors and the great city of Boston to this annual celebration of our sport. In a very short time, the Winter Classic has become a hallmark of the NHL season."