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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 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
3 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
11 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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