NHL Game Summary - Nashville at NY Islanders
(Tuesday, February 9th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 4, Nashville 3 (SO)
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Streit's power-play goal tied the game with 11.1 seconds remaining in the third period, and John Tavares netted the shootout winner, as the New York Islanders snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators at Nassau Coliseum.
After each club scored once through the first three rounds of the extra segment, Tavares found the back of the net. New York then secured the bonus point when Martin Biron denied Nashville right winger Patric Hornqvist.
Freddy Meyer and Bruno Gervais also scored in the regulation for the Islanders, who had lost five in a row to Nashville.
Biron, making his first NHL start since December 27, turned aside 24 shots. The veteran goaltender had a two-game conditioning stint with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport last week.
Steve Sullivan, Cal O'Reilly and Joel Ward lit the lamp for the Predators, who have lost eight of their last 10 games. Pekka Rinne made 29 saves in a losing cause.
Nashville took a 3-2 lead on Sullivan's power-play tally at 4:12 of the third, but the Islanders caught a break when Martin Erat was called for boarding with 46 seconds left in regulation. New York pulled Biron to create a 6-on-4 advantage, and Streit fired a wrister from atop the right circle that eluded a screened Rinne.
"It was a tight game and we took too many penalties," Hornqvist said.
Meyer staked the Islanders to a 1-0 lead at the 5:10 mark of the second period. Rob Schremp held the puck just inside the attacking zone along the near boards and dished to the slot for Meyer, who fired a slap shot that went in off Rinne.
Hornqvist appeared to tie the game on the power play three minutes later, but the tally was waved off because of a kicking motion.
O'Reilly, though, tied the game at 10:35 of the second, and Ward gave the Predators the lead when he scored on a breakaway, slipping the puck through the pads of Biron, with 6:09 to play in the middle stanza.
"We battled hard all night," Biron said. "Took the lead which was great for us. It gave us a chance to play with more confidence. As soon as we went down 2-1, the guys kept battling."
Gervais converted on a two-man advantage, jumping on a loose puck in the slot, to knot the game at two with 57 seconds left.
Ward has scored in three straight games...Isles captain Doug Weight, who's been battling shoulder problems, sat out Tuesday's game...New York forward Matt Martin collected two assists in his NHL debut...The Preds made their first visit to Nassau Coliseum since October 16, 2006...Both clubs are in action Wednesday. Nashville battles the Rangers, while the Isles travel to Pittsburgh.
02/09 23:42:25 ET