Series (Game 2 of 4)

New York leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 20th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 9th
Game 3: Tuesday, March 16th
Game 4: Sunday, March 21st

Lightning 2

(13-7-1, 31 pts)

Islanders 5

(11-13-0, 24 pts)

7:00 PM ET, December 9, 2003

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
TB 0 2 02
NYI 0 2 35

S. Bates (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

T. Hunter (Islanders - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

M. Peca (Islanders - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Lightning have lost 4 of last 6 games

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.

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