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'Hawks, Lighting Tie 2-2

The Chicago Blackhawks turned two rare road power-play goals into a point.

Chris Chelios and Tony Amonte scored the Blackhawks' first power-play goals away from the United Center this season in a 2-2 tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night.

"I think we deserved two points tonight, but that's the way it is," said Chicago coach Dirk Graham of the Blackhawks, who outshot the Lightning 37-24. "Any time your special teams are sharp, the team is usually sharp and I thought that was the case tonight."

The Blackhawks snapped an 0-for-16 road power-play drought on Tony Amonte's eighth goal at 16:44 of the second period to pull Chicago within a goal.

Chelios then ruined a sparkling performance by Lightning goaltender Bill Ranford, blasting home a slap shot from the high slot with 16:05 left in the third period.

Chicago was 2-of-4 with the man advantage. Tampa Bay went 1-for-5.

"A great tie ... thanks Bill Ranford," Lightning coach Jacques Demers said. "Bill Ranford got us a point tonight. There's no question the Blackhawks took it to us pretty good."

Vincent Lecavalier, the top pick in the 1998 draft, and veteran defenseman Kjell Samuelsson each scored to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead. Samuelsson, who scored his first goal since Jan. 7, 1997, broke his left foot and will be sidelined four-to-six weeks.

The Lightning are 5-2-1 over the last eight games. Chicago, which snapped a four-game losing streak, is winless in the past seven games against Tampa Bay (0-5-2).

Ranford turned aside eight shots during the game's opening five minutes and later stopped Daniel Cleary and Chad Kilger on breakaways.

"Sometimes you have to play ugly tonight was one of those nights," Ranford said. "It wasn't one of our best efforts. We battled for the point."

Lecavalier scored his third goal at 11:31 of the first period, beating Mark Fitzpatick from the right circle. Craig Janney picked up his team-leading 11th assist on the goal.

Samuelsson recorded his goal on a drive from the blue line at 8:45 of the second period.

Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina suffered a contusion of the right knee in the second period after being sent hard into the end boards by Bob Probert. The Chicago left wing was given a two-minute boarding penalty for the hit.

Postgame X-rays were negative and a team spokesman said Kubina is doubtful for Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Lightning right wing Stephane Richer resumed skating on Friday and could return to action during the next two weeks. Richer has been sidelined since Oct. 18 by an left ankle injury that required arthroscopic surgery.

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