Carter sizzling; Flyers have Phillies fever

   Jeff Carter is emerging as one of the NHL's most prolific scorers.

  Carter scored two goals _ including the game winner with 22.9 seconds left in OT _ to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 win over the pesky New York Islanders last night. Carter now is second in the league with eight goals and seems like a cinch to surpass the 29 goals he scored last year.

   Thanks to Carter's late goal, a less-than-inpsiring Flyers performance was masked. The Flyers were outplayed, outhustled and outshot in the last half of the game _ by an Islandres team that took a league-worst four points into the night.

   Marty Biron (34 saves) and Carter were the reasons for the win, but the Flyers will need a much better effort to beat Edmonton Sunday.

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   The Flyers think the Phils' success may have a carryover effect on the city's three other sports teams. (Just like in 1980.)