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Tavares scores twice as Isles hold off Predators

Saturday, 09.28.2013 / 12:39 AM
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Tavares scores twice as Isles hold off Predators
Nashville Predators 4, New York Islanders 6
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
1st
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:59
Travis Hamonic
2nd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:40
Brock Nelson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:40

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:25
NYI
John Tavares (1) Tip-in - ASST: Travis Hamonic (1)
1 - 0 NYI
07:48
NSH
Craig Smith (1) Snap shot - ASST: Gabriel Bourque (1), David Legwand (1)
1 - 1 Tie
13:38
NYI
John Tavares (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Moulson (1), Travis Hamonic (2)
2 - 1 NYI
16:00
NYI
PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (1) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Moulson (2), Colin McDonald (1)
3 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
04:45
NYI
Colin McDonald (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (1), Frans Nielsen (1)
4 - 1 NYI
12:44
NYI
Matt Donovan (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (2), Matt Moulson (3)
5 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
09:15
NYI
Josh Bailey (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Hamonic (3), Andrew MacDonald (1)
6 - 1 NYI
11:18
NSH
Simon Moser (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Ellis (1), Nick Spaling (1)
6 - 2 NYI
17:09
NSH
Craig Smith (2) Snap shot - ASST: Victor Bartley (1), Gabriel Bourque (2)
6 - 3 NYI
18:47
NSH
Roman Josi (1) Slapshot - ASST: Rich Clune (1), Matt Hendricks (1)
6 - 4 NYI
penalty summary
1st Period
15:01
NSH
Victor Bartley  Interference  - 2 min against  Matt Martin
19:16
NYI
Brett Gallant  Fighting  - 5 min against  Paul Gaustad
19:16
NSH
Paul Gaustad  Fighting  - 5 min against  Brett Gallant
19:16
NYI
Brett Gallant  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Paul Gaustad
19:16
NSH
Paul Gaustad  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Brett Gallant
2nd Period
01:44
NSH
Eric Nystrom  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Brock Nelson
10:03
NYI
Travis Hamonic  Interference  - 2 min against  Nick Spaling
17:13
NSH
Simon Moser  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Martin
3rd Period
06:49
NSH
Rich Clune  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Martin
13:59
NSH
Matt Cullen  Delaying Game - Smothering puck  - 2 min
19:55
NYI
Brian Strait  Boarding  - 2 min against  Matt Cullen
goalie stats
Carter Hutton
SA: 9TOI: 19:44
GA: 1SV%: .889
Pekka Rinne
SA: 24TOI: 40:00
GA: 5SV%: .792
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
GA: 4SV%: .852