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Friday, 11.17.2006 / 8:00 PM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Rick DiPietro has turned around his season, and so have the New York Islanders.

DiPietro looks to continue his resurgence and help the Islanders (8-6-2) win five straight on the road for the first time in five years when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning (9-8-1) on Friday.

The goaltender opened this season with three straight losses before missing four games with a groin strain. But DiPietro, the first overall pick in the 2000 draft, has rebounded to go 6-2-0 with a 2.23 goals-against average since returning.

He won for the fifth time in six starts Wednesday and recorded his first shutout of the season by stopping 35 shots in a 3-0 victory at Dallas.

"He made some incredible saves," Islanders left wing Mike York said. "That was the best I've seen him play handling the puck. He did a great job."

New York improved to 2-0 on its four-game trip with Wednesday's win, which was its fourth in a row away from home. The Islanders haven't won five consecutive road games since a six-game run from Oct. 5-26, 2001.

"We're trying to build an identity," first-year coach Ted Nolan said. "These guys love to compete."

Alexei Yashin had an assist Wednesday, giving him two goals and five assists in five games this month.

The Islanders will now be trying to end a five-game losing streak to the Lightning, including a 5-1 home defeat on Nov. 6 during which Nolan thought his team "quit."

DiPietro didn't play in that game and is 2-4-1 with a 2.64 GAA in eight appearances against Tampa Bay. He has one win in his four starts at St. Pete Times Forum.

The Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis will be looking to get back on track after both of their 11-game point streaks were stopped in a 3-1 home loss to Montreal on Wednesday.

Lecavalier finished with eight goals and 10 assists, and St. Louis recorded 10 goals and 10 assists during their runs.

"(Montreal's) goalie made the big saves," Lecavalier said. "Made huge saves."

The Lightning went 0-for-5 on the power play against the Canadiens and allowed three goals in eight short-handed situations.

"For the most part this year, I think the refs have done a pretty good job," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "But (Wednesday), to me, was an absolute horror show, both ways."

Wednesday's defeat ended Tampa Bay's three-game win streak and was its third in its last four home games. The Lightning are 4-6-0 at home after going 25-14-2 there last season.

2006-2007 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 20 '07NYI 3 at TBL 4 - OTF. Kuba
Jan 15 '07TBL 4 at NYI 3V. Lecavalier
Nov 17 '06NYI 2 at TBL 3 - SOD. Afanasenkov
Nov 06 '06TBL 5 at NYI 1M. St. Louis
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