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Isles goalie DiPietro returns from injury vs. Canes

Updated: October 21, 2006, 10:02 PM ET
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Rick DiPietro is eager to earn that fat contract.

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The New York Islanders goaltender returned to the ice on Saturday after missing the past four games with a groin strain.

DiPietro, who signed a 15-year, $67.5 million extension before the season began, practiced on Friday and started against the defending champion Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum.

"I'm just excited to get back," DiPietro told Newsday on Friday. "I've done all the treatment necessary to feel ...

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