TAMPA, Fla. – Vinny Prospal had three goals and an assist to help the Tampa Bay Lightning snap a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night.

Prospal has eight goals and 18 points during a 10-game point streak.

His second goal of the game, coming on the power play, put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with 4:15 left in the second period. The center was left alone in the front of the net and scored after taking a pass from Brad Richards.

Martin Cibak extended the Lightning’s lead to 4-2 on a breakaway with 7:55 to play. Prospal completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 37.3 seconds left.

Peter Forsberg scored twice for the Flyers, who had won six straight. He has six goals and 31 points in 16 games this season.

Tampa Bay was without right wing Martin St. Louis, who is expected to miss at least two weeks after breaking a bone near the tip of his left ring finger at practice on Sunday.

It was the first meeting between the teams since Tampa Bay beat the Flyers 2-1 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 22, 2004. The Lightning then defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.

Forsberg put the Flyers ahead 1-0 on a power-play goal at 17:51 of the first. Prospal tied it at 1 on his goal 17 seconds later.

After Dan Boyle’s power-play goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead 32 second into the second, Forsberg scored his second man-advantage goal to make it 2-all at 3:13.

Oilers 5, Avalanche 2

DENVER – Chris Pronger scored his first goal for Edmonton to help Oilers goalie Mike Morrison win his first career start, a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Pronger, the star defenseman who was traded away by St. Louis after spending nine seasons with the Blues, struggled in his new setting, held to nine assists and no goals over the first 19 games for Edmonton.

He broke through against David Aebischer after taking a pass from Ales Hemsky at the top of the circle just as a 5-on-3 power play was ending at 14:13 of the second period to make it 3-2.

In the third, Raffi Torres took a fabulous pass from Hemsky, who beat falling defenseman Patrice Brisebois, and Torres slammed it past Aebischer for the insurance goal. A few minutes later, Marty Reasoner made it 5-2, capping a successful end to a seven-game road trip for the Oilers and sending Avalanche fans heading to the exits.

The Oilers, who went on a seven-game losing streak earlier in the season that prompted coach Craig MacTavish to call their effort in one game a “stand-alone product for ineptitude” moved back above .500, to 10-9-1.

Morrison was recently called up from minor league Greenville to take the spot of the injured Ty Conklin. In this, his first start, he made 31 saves and staved off a 65-second 5-on-3 opportunity by Colorado in the second period.

The Avs fell behind by multiple goals early for the second straight game. On Saturday against Calgary, they trailed 4-0 en route to a 5-3 loss. In this one, they gave up two goals over the first 101/2 minutes.

Rob Blake scored late in the first and Ian Laperriere tied it midway through the second, but Colorado never could take the lead. Aebischer, chased from the Calgary game, stayed in for the entirety of this one. He made 17 saves and was hurt by some porous defense in front of him.

Islanders 3, Penguins 2

PITTSBURGH – Jason Blake, New York’s ninth shooter of an extended shootout, nearly lost the puck but recovered to steer a shot past Jocelyn Thibault and give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As Blake came down the slot, the puck seemed to slide off his stick momentarily, but he got it back and beat Thibault by faking a backhander only to slide the puck inside the near post.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro stopped the Penguins’ final six shooters, including Mark Recchi, Ziggy Palffy and John LeClair, to give New York its second shootout victory in two attempts. The Penguins lost the second of their three shootouts, even though rookies Erik Christensen and Sidney Crosby kept the shootout going by scoring after getting Pittsburgh’s only goals in regulation.

Alexei Yashin and Shawn Bates scored in the second period to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

– a seemingly safe one given their 52-0-8 record in the last 60 games they’ve led after two periods.

For two periods, the Penguins looked as lifeless and disinterested as they did in a 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night, getting outshot 25-12 while repeatedly giving little defensive help to Thibault.

But the Penguins finally showed some life after Crosby scored his seventh goal, one-timing Christensen’s pass to the slot past DiPietro after Christensen intercepted Brent Sopel’s pass from behind his own net.

The Penguins pressed the play after that, getting far more good scoring chances in the third period than they did in the first two periods combined, and Christensen tied it at 18:42 with his second career goal by taking Ric Jackman’s soft pass in the right circle and beating DiPietro with a hard wrist shot.

The Penguins didn’t help themselves by going 0-for-4 on the power play and are 2-for-35 with the man advantage in their last six games. Since scoring a team record six power play goals Oct. 27 against Atlanta, the Penguins are 6-of-55 on the power play.

Yashin, moved back to center on Saturday after a brief trial at left wing, got the game’s first goal – the 300th of his career – with a bad-angle shot from along the goal line midway though the second. The Islanders kept the puck in the Pittsburgh end for nearly 90 seconds – even changing lines while keeping the puck – before Yashin beat Thibault inside the far post.

Bates made it 2-0 with his third goal in two games, escaping defenseman Brooks Orpik with an excellent move in the right circle to skate to the slot and switch from his backhand to his forehand to easily beat Thibault.

In the initial group of three shooters that begins a shootout, Trent Hunter and Bates scored for the Islanders.

After Bates scored, Christensen – playing only his eighth career game – needed to score to keep the shootout going.


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