Lindback blanks Isles for second straight shutout
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:07 AM
Rookie goalie Anders Lindback
added to the New York Islanders
' woes on Monday night.
Lindback made 28 saves to record his second consecutive shutout, and Patric Hornqvist
had two goals to lead the Nashville Predators
to a 5-0 victory against the Isles at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators have won three straight and are 6-0-2 in their last eight games. Lindback made it back-to-back shutouts two nights after stopping 22 shots in a win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The rookie from Sweden has won three straight and is 4-0-1 since taking over for No. 1 Predators goalie Pekka Rinne
, who is out with a knee injury.
"I feel like the whole team is really stable, and we go out every night and do what we have to and work really hard," Lindback said. "I feel like I am pretty good in my positioning and tracking the first pucks. I'm trying not to leave too many bad rebounds out there."
Meanwhile, the Islanders have lost six in a row and 20 of 21 (1-17-3). They've scored two goals or less in four of the losses.
"We had some chances … we've just got to get the puck off our hockey stick a little bit quicker," Isles interim coach Jack Capuano said.
, Jerred Smithson
, and Nick Spaling
also scored for Nashville.
Kostitsyn gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 11:15 of the opening period.
With the Predators on a power play, Cody Franson had the puck at the right point. He moved to the high slot and fired a shot through was deflected in front by Kostitsyn. It got past Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson on the glove side to extend Kostitsyn’s point streak to a career-best six games.
"The first goal was really huge," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "If they score on the first couple of shifts there, it might be a totally different attitude. They are a young team and they have some dynamic guys like John Tavares
. We don't know the players as well from the East, we don't play them a lot."
Hornqvist doubled the Nashville lead at 5:22 of the second period. From the high slot, defenseman Shane O'Brien sent a wrist shot on goal. Roloson made the stop, but Hornqvist gathered the rebound and put a shot into the open net for his seventh goal.
Just over two minutes after Hornqvist's goal, Smithson made it 3-0.
"I think we have slides where out of 60 minutes we will play 50 minutes or 45," Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski said. "It's not all in the whole 15 minutes or 10 minutes that we don't play well, it's three minutes in the second or four minutes in the first or something where people take advantage."
Hornqvist and Spaling added third-period goals. Spaling's was his first in the NHL.
"It's great," Spaling said. "It's pretty exciting to get that. I'm just glad to get one."
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.