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Tuesday, December 9th (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (13-6-4-1) at New York Islanders (10-13-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win their third straight tonight when they visit the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Since an 0-4-2 slide, the Bolts have opened their current road trip with victories over Buffalo and the NY Rangers. Tampa, with 31 points, enters tonight's action one behind first-place Atlanta in the Southeast Division.

On Sunday, the Lightning edged the Rangers, 3-2, at Madison Square Garden. Cory Sarich's goal with 11:37 remaining in the third period provided the final margin.

Dave Andreychuk and Martin St. Louis also found the net for Tampa Bay, while John Grahame made 29 saves. St. Louis assisted on Sarich's tally as well and leads the team with 21 points (6g, 15a) overall.

The Bolts, who will try for their third winning streak this season of three games or more, are 5-3-2 on the road. They'll finish up the current trek Thursday in Ottawa.

New York, meanwhile, hopes to win its second-in-a-row after ending a seven- game losing streak with Saturday's 5-2 triumph over woeful Chicago in the fourth of a five-game home set.

Alexei Yashin broke out of his goal-scoring slump with two tallies to lead the effort. Dave Scatchard, who missed 20 games with a dislocated right shoulder, returned to the lineup with a bang as he recorded a goal and an assist.

Trent Hunter and Eric Cairns also converted for the Islanders, who won for the first time since a 4-1 triumph at Florida on November 19. Rick DiPietro managed the win in net with 21 saves.

The Islanders now seek their first winning streak since a three-gamer that spanned from November 1-6. New York, 8-6 at home, will visit New Jersey on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay defeated the Isles, 3-2, on November 20 to begin New York's recent swoon. The Bolts have won two straight and three of the last four meetings, and snapped a three-game road losing streak in the series last March.

12/09 10:11:39 ET

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