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Islanders 7, Thrashers 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Islanders 7, Thrashers 3
New York Islanders 7, Atlanta Thrashers 3

ATLANTA (AP) - Shawn Bates is making the most of his recent offensive chances.

Bates scored twice, including a goal in the closing minutes of the third period, to help the New York Islanders to their third straight victory, 7-3 over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Bates, who has eight goals - six in five games - clinched the win with just over seven minutes left and the Islanders leading 4-3 when he beat Thrashers goaltender Adam Berkhoel on a breakaway just as teammate Alexei Zhitnik's penalty expired.

``I'm getting some good scoring chances,'' he said. ``I'm playing with confidence and it helps when you get good chances.''

Linemate Jason Blake, who added a goal, helped set up both of Bates' tallies.

``Jason did a good job of getting me the puck,'' Bates said.

``Blake played a great game and has been playing well,'' Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. ``That whole line has been performing well. They play against other top lines and shut them down while scoring goals.''

Miroslav Satan, who also had two goals, made it 6-3 with about four minutes remaining on a power play. Blake made it a rout with another power-play goal with 27 seconds left, assisted by Bates, in the Islanders' highest-scoring game of the season.

``It was a relief,'' Satan said. ``It was looking like they might be able to come back. After that we were able to breathe a little more.''

Atlanta had outscored opponents 19-2 in winning three in a row. Ilya Kovalchuk scored a franchise-record six goals in his previous two games, but was scoreless against the Islanders.

New York took a 2-0 first-period lead.

Bates is one goal shy of his 2003-04 total. He opened the scoring just over six minutes in and Trent Hunter scored his third on a power play with about three minutes remaining in the period.

Atlanta's Jaroslav Modry scored seven minutes into the second period to make it 2-1, beating goalie Garth Snow on a 20-foot slap shot from the left side.

The Islanders made it 3-1 on Arron Asham's third goal of the season three minutes later.

The Thrashers got within a goal again when Peter Bondra scored his 10th goal with less than eight minutes to go, but Satan responded with his 10th for the Islanders five minutes later for a 4-2 lead.

Atlanta made it a one-goal game again when Jim Slater scored his third goal less than three minutes into the third period to get to 4-3.

``We were forced to play catch-up hockey all game long. We kept coming and coming, but basically we ran out of juice,'' Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said.

``The way we kept coming back, I did feel like we were going to catch up to them at some point,'' Berkhoel said. ``What happened to us tonight is behind us. We know how we can play, and when we're all clicking we are a scary team.''

Marc Savard, Atlanta's leading scorer with 26 points, added two assists.

The Thrashers were trying to match a franchise-best four wins in a row, which they did twice in 2003-04 - on Nov. 16-23 and on Dec. 6-12.

The Islanders were 3-of-12 on power-play attempts, the Thrashers were 0-for-8.

Notes: Atlanta F Patrik Stefan missed his seventh straight game with an oblique muscle strain. ... Thrashers G Mike Durham was placed on the injured list Tuesday, and G Michael Garnett was recalled from Chicago (AHL). ... Islanders captain Alexei Yashin scored 300th NHL goal in Monday night's 3-2 win at Pittsburgh.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:26
NYI
Shawn Bates (7) ASST: Janne Niinimaa (4), Jason Blake (6)
1 - 0 NYI
17:13
NYI
PPG - Trent Hunter (3) ASST: Radek Martinek (2), Chris Campoli (3)
2 - 0 NYI
2nd Period
07:11
ATL
Jaroslav Modry (4) ASST: Serge Aubin (4), Bobby Holik (4)
2 - 1 NYI
10:42
NYI
Arron Asham (3) ASST: Mattias Weinhandl (1), Oleg Kvasha (5)
3 - 1 NYI
12:23
ATL
Peter Bondra (10) ASST: Marc Savard (19), Jim Slater (3)
3 - 2 NYI
17:02
NYI
Miroslav Satan (10) ASST: Chris Campoli (4), Mike York (8)
4 - 2 NYI
3rd Period
01:45
ATL
Jim Slater (3) ASST: Marc Savard (20), Peter Bondra (12)
4 - 3 NYI
12:47
NYI
Shawn Bates (8) ASST: Jason Blake (7)
5 - 3 NYI
15:49
NYI
PPG - Miroslav Satan (11) ASST: Alexei Yashin (12), Alexei Zhitnik (13)
6 - 3 NYI
19:32
NYI
PPG - Jason Blake (7) ASST: Shawn Bates (2), Mattias Weinhandl (2)
7 - 3 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
00:26
NYI
Shawn Bates  Tripping against  Jim Slater
01:06
ATL
Marc Savard  Holding against  Brent Sopel
02:48
NYI
Alexei Yashin  Hooking
03:24
ATL
Marian Hossa  Charging against  Garth Snow
04:02
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
08:27
NYI
Mike York  Hooking
16:08
ATL
Marc Savard  Tripping against  Mike York
18:16
NYI
Alexei Yashin  Holding against  Marc Savard
2nd Period
00:29
NYI
Shawn Bates  Hooking against  Peter Bondra
02:50
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Tripping against  Radek Martinek
08:22
NYI
Alexei Zhitnik  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
14:59
ATL
Andy Sutton  Cross checking against  Oleg Kvasha
3rd Period
06:32
NYI
Trent Hunter  Hooking against  Ronald Petrovicky
08:52
ATL
Ronald Petrovicky  Slashing
10:47
NYI
Alexei Zhitnik  Interference against  Marc Savard
14:34
ATL
Brad Larsen  Interference against  Janne Niinimaa
15:11
ATL
Eric Boulton  Abuse of officials - bench
15:11
ATL
Bobby Holik  Hooking
15:28
ATL
Andy Sutton  Cross checking against  Mark Parrish
15:28
ATL
Andy Sutton  Slashing against  Mark Parrish
goalie stats
Garth Snow
SA: 42TOI: 60:00
Saves: 39EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 17 - 17
SV%: .929SH: 3 - 3
Adam Berkhoel
SA: 39TOI: 59:53
Saves: 32EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 17
SV%: .821SH: 2 - 2