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Two points for forward, Lightning

1/23/2004

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Vincent Lecavalier had a lot of fun at
the Edmonton Oilers' expense.

Lecavalier scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Oilers on Thursday night.

"Playing here was a lot of fun," Lecavalier said. "Right off
the bat there were people carrying the puck up and down the ice. It
really gets you in the game. It makes it fun."

Brad Richards and Pavel Kubina also scored for Tampa Bay. Radek Dvorak and Brad Isbister both had a goal and an assist for
Edmonton.

Tampa Bay took a 3-1 lead with a two-goal second period.

"We honestly felt we could come back," Isbister said. "We
went out with that in mind. But we can't wait until the third
period. It's a difficult thing to come back two goals in the third
period."

Lecavalier picked up a lose puck in front of the net midway
through the second and slid a backhand shot past Tommy Salo, who
had three shutouts in his previous eight games.

The goal, Lecavalier's 14th, broke a 1-1 tie. Earlier, he
assisted on Kubina's goal.

Then, with Edmonton enforcer Georges Laraque about to be
penalized for roughing Martin Cibak, Richards fired a shot past
Salo with 2:34 left.

Dvorak made it interesting midway through the third when he
tipped in a goal-mouth pass from Isbister to pull the Oilers to
3-2. The goal, Dvorak's eighth, came at 9:49.

Isbister scored on the Oilers' first shot, beating goalie John Grahame just 29 seconds into the contest.

But the Lightning tied it less than four minutes later on
Kubina's goal. Kubina came in alone from the blue line to beat
Salo.

The Oilers played four of the last six minutes of the first
short-handed when Igor Ulanov was sent off for a double-minor for
high-sticking Martin St. Louis. But the Lightning managed just one
shot on goal before Fredrik Modin was sent off for slashing.

"It was one of the dumbest games of the year by far," Oilers
forward Ethan Moreau said. "It was ridiculous. It is frustrating,
but we can control our own destiny and right the ship."

Game notes
Edmonton's Adam Oates needs one point to move past Dale
Hawerchuk for sole possession of 14th place on the NHL scoring
list. ... Edmonton will plays six of its next seven games at home.