John Tavares scored twice in the first period and Travis Hamonic and Matt Moulson each assisted on three goals as the Islanders built up a five-goal lead and held off the Predators in their lone preseason game at Nassau Coliseum.
Tavares, wearing the "C" at the Coliseum for the first time, scored 1:25 into the game and fired home a rebound at 13:38 to put the Islanders ahead to stay. Lubomir Visnovsky, Colin McDonald and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders, who conclude their preseason on the road against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.
The Islanders had been shut out in back-to-back games before scoring six times on Friday.
"I don't think we thought about it too much," Tavares said. "We had a good week of practice. Physically the guys were recharged and excited to get out there tonight, to play at home. We did some good things, but we can still be a lot better."
Craig Smith scored twice for the Predators, who trailed 6-1 before beating Evgeni Nabokov (23 saves) in the final 8 1/2 minutes. Nashville, which didn't arrive on Long Island until a couple of hours before game time due to a flight delay, opens its season on the road against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
|John Tavares (1) Tip-in - ASST: Travis Hamonic (1)|
1 - 0 NYI
|Craig Smith (1) Snap shot - ASST: Gabriel Bourque (1), David Legwand (1)|
1 - 1 Tie
|John Tavares (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Moulson (1), Travis Hamonic (2)|
2 - 1 NYI
|PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (1) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Moulson (2), Colin McDonald (1)|
3 - 1 NYI
|Colin McDonald (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (1), Frans Nielsen (1)|
4 - 1 NYI
|Matt Donovan (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (2), Matt Moulson (3)|
5 - 1 NYI
|Josh Bailey (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Hamonic (3), Andrew MacDonald (1)|
6 - 1 NYI
|Simon Moser (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Ellis (1), Nick Spaling (1)|
6 - 2 NYI
|Craig Smith (2) Snap shot - ASST: Victor Bartley (1), Gabriel Bourque (2)|
6 - 3 NYI
|Roman Josi (1) Slapshot - ASST: Rich Clune (1), Matt Hendricks (1)|
6 - 4 NYI
|Power Play %||17.7%||18.6%|
|% on Road||16.2%||13.3%|
|% at Home||19.0%||22.5%|
|Victor Bartley Interference - 2 min against Matt Martin|
|Brett Gallant Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Paul Gaustad|
|Paul Gaustad Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Brett Gallant|
|Brett Gallant Elbowing - 2 min against Paul Gaustad|
|Paul Gaustad Elbowing - 2 min against Brett Gallant|
|Eric Nystrom Holding the stick - 2 min against Brock Nelson|
|Travis Hamonic Interference - 2 min against Nick Spaling|
|Simon Moser Hooking - 2 min against Matt Martin|
|Rich Clune Hooking - 2 min against Matt Martin|
|Matt Cullen Delaying Game-Smothering puck - 2 min|
|Brian Strait Boarding - 2 min against Matt Cullen|