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Lightning have lost 4 of last 6 games

12/9/2003

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Shawn Bates and Trent Hunter had a goal
and two assists each, and set up Radek Martinek's go-ahead score in
the third period in the New York Islanders' 5-2 victory over the
Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Hunter and Bates tied it at 2 with goals 2:46 apart late in the
second period. Martinek took an across-the-crease pass from Bates
3:19 into the third and beat Nikolai Khabibulin, giving the
Islanders their first winning streak since they won three straight
from Nov. 1-6.

Mark Parrish padded the lead at 8:04, taking a chip pass from
Dave Scatchard and backhanding in his seventh goal. Jason Blake
added an empty-netter with 2.3 seconds left, and Garth Snow made 29
saves to win for the second time in six starts.

Tampa Bay started New York's seven-game losing streak that ended
Saturday when the Islanders beat Chicago.

Pavel Kubina and Ruslan Fedotenko scored in the second period
for the Lightning, who were looking for their first three-game
winning streak since Nov. 14-22. Instead, Tampa Bay lost for the
fourth time in six games while playing its fourth game in six
nights.

Hunter started New York's comeback when he took a pass from
Bates in the slot and scored his 10th with 4:26 left in the second.
The rookie is only one goal behind Mariusz Czerkawski for the team
lead.

Bates tied it with 1:40 remaining in the period, corralling a
puck that bounced through the slot off Hunter's stick and smacking
it into the net.

The Lightning took a 1-0 lead when Kubina scored 20 seconds into
a two-man advantage.

Dave Andreychuk, who had goals in each of the Lightning's three
previous games, passed the puck out to Kubina. He took one stride
and sent a shot through traffic that beat Snow at 9:11 of the
second.

Fedotenko made it 2-0 just 4:10 later, taking a pass from Brad
Richards and snapping a shot while flat-footed at the top of the
left circle for his third of the season and first in 13 games.

Richards has just one goal in 19 games, but had two assists for
his fourth multipoint game this season.

Khabibulin finished with 30 saves.

Game Notes: Scatchard's assist
gave him 200 NHL points. ... The Lightning's four-game road trip
concludes Thursday in Ottawa. They couldn't complete a New York
sweep after winning their previous two games at Buffalo and the New
York Rangers. ... Bates and Hunter each have two three-point games
this season. ... The Islanders lead the series 23-22-3-1, 12-11-1
at home.