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Tuesday, 01.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Predators 2, Islanders 1

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Solid contributions from some new arrivals and veteran Islanders kept New York close to the Predators, but a pair of late-period goals by Nashville's Steve Sullivan helped the Predators win 2-1.
 
With Janne Niinimaa traded and on his way to Dallas, the Islanders' defense had a new look to start the first period Tuesday, starting with call-up Bruno Gervais. The leading defensive goal-scorer in the AHL, Gervais lined up with his former Sound Tigers partner Chris Campoli, while Campoli's usual ice-mate, Radek Martinek, teamed up with Tomi Pettinen.
 
Up front, the difference was obvious, as the addition of Kevin Colley and Sean Bergenheim resulted in plenty of physical play, leading the Islanders to a lead in hits. The changes didn't result in any scoring though, as the offense didn't get to test Vokoun nearly as often as the Predators put shots on Wade Dubielewicz.
 
The ninth and final Nashville shot of the period, a one-timer by Sullivan off a feed by Paul Kariya broke the scoring drought in the game, as it beat Dubielewicz high to the right side, sending Nashville to the locker room up 1-0.
 
Some good hustle by Kvasha got the Islanders back into the game early in the second period, as he drove down the boards, despite being knocked off balance. Regaining momentum, Kvasha led his line into the Predators' zone on a 3-on-1 and
out-waited defenseman Dan Hamhuis in order to put a pass into the Nashville crease. An onrushing Bates got his stick on the puck and chipped it over Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun to tie the game at one goal apiece.
 
Anyone looking for the special-teams play that has been a hallmark of this season has to be disappointed after two periods, as the two teams have combined for three penalties, all called against the Islanders, including two against Alexei Yashin for putting the puck over the glass. Some solid saves by Dubielewicz and good kills kept the Nashville powerplay from converting on their chances.
 
The first half of the third period was mostly unremarkable, as neither team could make anything happen, in large part due to Dubielewicz' impressive 33-save performance. Halfway into the third, though, the Islanders finally got a pair of chances on the powerplay, but couldn't convert on a handful of good chances.
 
Instead, with just over three minutes left in the game, Sullivan found the back of the net again, stepping out to the side of Dubielewicz' net and backhanding a shot over the netminder. The shot fooled Dubielewicz, as Sullivan wasn't facing him when he took the unusual shot.
 
OFF THE ICE: Three Stars of the Night: 1. Steve Sullivan, 2. Wade Dubielewicz, 3. Tomas Vokoun... For the Islanders, Rick DiPietro (knee), Garth Snow (knee), Jason Blake (ribs) Petteri Nokelainen (knee), Brad Lukowich (ribs), and Eric Godard (suspension) were scratched, while the Predators sat David Legwand (knee), Scott Nichol (foot) and Jordin Tootoo (back)... Mark Parrish's assist in the second period was his 200th as an Islander... No player on the ice Tuesday has played for both teams... The Islanders have a 4-6 record against the Predators all-time, and have lost the past three games in the series, all in Nashville.

FORWARDS
(45) Arron Asham-(79) Alexei Yashin-(81) Miroslav Satan
(12) Oleg Kvasha-(17) Shawn Bates-(37) Mark Parrish
(10) Sean Bergenheim-(16) Mike York-(7) Trent Hunter
(11) Mattias Weinhandl-(62) Kevin Colley-(18) Jeff Hamilton
 
DEFENSE
(77) Alexei Zhitnik-(3) Brent Sopel
(24) Radek Martinek-(8) Tomi Pettinen
(14) Chris Campoli-(6) Bruno Gervais
 
GOALTENDERS
(34) Wade Dubielewicz
(60) Frederic Cloutier
 
PREDATORS
FORWARDS
(9) Paul Kariya-(38) Vernon Fiddler-(10) Martin Erat
(17) Scott Hartnell-(22) Greg Johnson-(18) Adam Hall
(24) Scott Walker-(94) Yanic Perrault-(26) Steve Sullivan
(16) Darcy Hordichuk-(25) Jerred Smithson-(14) Jeremy Stevenson
 
DEFENSEMEN
(2) Dan Hamhuis-(44) Kimmo Timonen
(4) Mark Eaton-(55) Danny Markov
(3) Marek Zidlicky-(20) Ryan Suter
 
GOALTENDERS
(29) Tomas Vokoun
(30) Chris Mason 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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