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NY Islanders 5, Edmonton 2

March 14, 2003 at 12:38 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta, March 14 (UPI) -- Shawn Bates scored the go-ahead goal with 5:51 left in the second period and Mark Parrish ended a 14-game drought Thursday night as the New York Islanders erupted for five unanswered goals and snapped a five-game winless streak with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

With just one win in the previous nine games, New York entered with a tenuous three-point lead over Montreal for the final Eastern Conference postseason spot.

The Islanders fell behind early as Shawn Horcoff and Ryan Smyth tallied in a three-minute span to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead just 5:11 into the contest.

But rookie Justin Mapletoft started New York's comeback on the next shift and Jason Blake forged a 2-2 tie 6:32 into the second period.

Shawn Bates, who had a goal waved off in Tuesday's loss at Vancouver, netted his 13th off a turnover by former Islander defenseman Eric Brewer and Parrish scored his first since Feb. 11. It gave New York its first two-goal cushion in two weeks.

Blake capped the scoring with an empty-netter as the Islanders remained three points ahead of ninth-place Montreal and moved five clear of the New York Rangers.

Garth Snow, who made his 18th start in 23 games, overcame a shaky first period and made 22 saves.

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