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Islanders 2, Predators 3

Saturday, 10.12.2013 / 11:26 PM
By Jimi Russell - Nashville Predators / The Russell Report

The Nashville Predators rode timely scoring to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night inside of a sold out Bridgestone Arena.

After a scoreless first period that saw the Preds hold the Islanders to just four shots on goal, rookie Seth Jones potted his first career NHL goal – a power play goal – just over a minute into the second period. Jones beat Evgeni Nabokov with a slap shot off a feed from David Legwand and Shea Weber - who both recorded their first assists of the season.

The Islanders would tally back-to-back goals for the second night in a row midway through the frame to pull ahead. Then with less than a minute remaining in the second, Patric Hornqvist recorded his first goal of the season, with Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis picking up the assists, to bookend the second period for the Preds.

Ellis would record his second point of the night as he fired a slap shot past Nabokov at the 3:23 mark of the third frame to put the Preds on top once again. With Matt Hendricks in the box for a four-minute high-sticking call, the Islanders turned up the heat through the third, but the Preds held off the late push to secure the 3-2 victory.

Two Big Things and Notes:

Jones Continues to Impress: With his first career goal, Seth Jones etched his name in the Preds record books as just the fifth teenager to score for the Preds, joining David Legwand, Scott Hartnell, Scottie Upshall and Filip Forsberg. Jones’ goal comes just two games after recording his first NHL point on Filip Forsberg’s first career marker on Tuesday night. In addition to his goal, Jones recorded 21:40 of ice time – leads all rookies in time on ice (23:30) – and three shots on goal on the way to First Star honors. With each game that passes, Jones continues to build confidence and he is quickly maturing into the player all of the pre-draft pundits thought he would be.

Finding Their Mojo: In tonight’s 3-2 victory, several key members of the Preds offense recorded their first points of the season.  Shea Weber tallied his first point of the season as he connected with Seth Jones for the Preds second period power-play goal. Patric Hornqvist, who has been one of Nashville’s most reliable scorers the past five seasons, found the back of the net for the first time late in the middle frame. Ryan Ellis was also able to get the scoring monkey off of his back with a two-point effort (1g-1a) on the night, including the game-winner. It was Ellis’ first point since Feb. 14, 2013, his first multi-point game since Feb. 5, 2013, and first game-winning goal since Feb. 14, 2012.

Notes:

For the first time this season, Nashville scored the game’s first goal. The team was 11-2-5 when striking first last season.

The Predators recorded at least 30 shots on goal for the third time in five games, and have outshot their opponent 67-42 over the last two contests.

After going without a power-play goal in the first two games of the season, the Predators are 3-for-9 in their last three games (33.3 percent).

The NHL’s faceoff leader, Paul Gaustad, continued his winning ways in the circles, going 11-for-15, and improving to 68.4 percent on the year.

Matt Cullen led all skaters with six shots.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 79 23 33 -2 56
P. Hornqvist 76 22 31 1 53
C. Smith 79 24 28 16 52
M. Fisher 75 20 29 -4 49
R. Josi 72 13 27 -2 40
M. Cullen 77 10 29 4 39
C. Wilson 81 11 22 -1 33
N. Spaling 71 13 19 2 32
R. Ellis 80 6 21 9 27
G. Bourque 74 9 17 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Hutton 20 11 4 .910 2.62
D. Dubnyk 11 18 3 .891 3.43

 
 

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