|NYI||2||2||3||(0 - 0)||7|
|ATL||0||2||1||(0 - 0)||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.
|Shawn Bates (7) Snap shot - ASST: Janne Niinimaa (4), Jason Blake (6)|
1 - 0 NYI
|PPG - Trent Hunter (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Radek Martinek (2), Chris Campoli (3)|
2 - 0 NYI
|Jaroslav Modry (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Serge Aubin (4), Bobby Holik (4)|
2 - 1 NYI
|Arron Asham (3) Slapshot - ASST: Mattias Weinhandl (1), Oleg Kvasha (5)|
3 - 1 NYI
|Peter Bondra (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Savard (19), Jim Slater (3)|
3 - 2 NYI
|Miroslav Satan (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Campoli (4), Mike York (8)|
4 - 2 NYI
|Jim Slater (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Savard (20), Peter Bondra (12)|
4 - 3 NYI
|Shawn Bates (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Jason Blake (7)|
5 - 3 NYI
|PPG - Miroslav Satan (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexei Yashin (12), Alexei Zhitnik (13)|
6 - 3 NYI
|PPG - Jason Blake (7) Backhand shot - ASST: Shawn Bates (2), Mattias Weinhandl (2)|
7 - 3 NYI
|Shawn Bates Tripping against Jim Slater|
|Marc Savard Holding against Brent Sopel|
|Alexei Yashin Hooking|
|Marian Hossa Charging against Garth Snow|
|Vyacheslav Kozlov Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Mike York Hooking|
|Marc Savard Tripping against Mike York|
|Alexei Yashin Holding against Marc Savard|
|Shawn Bates Hooking against Peter Bondra|
|Ronald Petrovicky Tripping against Radek Martinek|
|Alexei Zhitnik Tripping against Ilya Kovalchuk|
|Andy Sutton Cross checking against Oleg Kvasha|
|Trent Hunter Hooking against Ronald Petrovicky|
|Ronald Petrovicky Slashing|
|Alexei Zhitnik Interference against Marc Savard|
|Brad Larsen Interference against Janne Niinimaa|
|Eric Boulton Abuse of officials - bench|
|Bobby Holik Hooking|
|Andy Sutton Cross checking against Mark Parrish|
|Andy Sutton Slashing against Mark Parrish|
|SA: 42||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 39||EV: 19 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 17 - 17|
|SV%: .929||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 39||TOI: 59:53|
|Saves: 32||EV: 16 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 14 - 17|
|SV%: .821||SH: 2 - 2|