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Saturday, January 21st (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (24-20-3) at Atlanta Thrashers (23-19-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning seek their third consecutive win tonight when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

On Friday. Ryan Craig tallied a goal and two assists and Darryl Sydor added a goal and an assist as the Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars, 6-3, at AmericanAirlines Center.

Pavel Kubina, Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko scored a goal each for Tampa, which has won three of its last four games overall. Sean Burke made 25 saves and Vaclav Prospal had two helpers for the Lightning.

Prospal, who returned to the Lightning last summer after a stop in Anaheim, leads the team with 35 assists and 52 points.

Tampa Bay enters Saturday's action third in the Southeast Division with 51 points -- one behind second-place Atlanta and 17 off the pace of frontrunning Carolina.

The Bolts will host Florida on Tuesday.

Atlanta, meanwhile, had a five-game winning streak ended with Thursday's 8-6 loss in Los Angeles. Luc Robitaille posted a hat trick to spark the Kings.

Marian Hossa recorded two goals and Ilya Kovalchuk, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Patrik Stefan and Eric Boulton also scored for the Thrashers. Mike Dunham allowed seven goals on 35 shots in the losing effort.

Kozlov extended his point streak to six games, having tallied four goals and six assists during the run. Kovalchuk, meanwhile, leads the NHL with 35 goals and is second in the scoring race with 67 points -- three behind New York's Jaromir Jagr.

The Thrashers begin a three-game homestand tonight and will host Boston on Tuesday.

Atlanta and Tampa have split four meetings this season, with the Thrashers taking the last two by a combined margin of 11-6.

01/21 10:53:24 ET


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