Tavares scores twice as Isles hold off Predators

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
01:25NYI John Tavares (1) Tip-in - ASST: Travis Hamonic (1) 1 - 0 NYI
07:48NSH Craig Smith (1) Snap shot - ASST: Gabriel Bourque (1), David Legwand (1) 1 - 1 Tie
13:38NYI John Tavares (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Moulson (1), Travis Hamonic (2) 2 - 1 NYI
16:00NYI PPG - Lubomir Visnovsky (1) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Moulson (2), Colin McDonald (1) 3 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
04:45NYI Colin McDonald (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (1), Frans Nielsen (1) 4 - 1 NYI
12:44NYI Matt Donovan (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brock Nelson (2), Matt Moulson (3) 5 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
09:15NYI Josh Bailey (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Travis Hamonic (3), Andrew MacDonald (1) 6 - 1 NYI
11:18NSH Simon Moser (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Ellis (1), Nick Spaling (1) 6 - 2 NYI
17:09NSH Craig Smith (2) Snap shot - ASST: Victor Bartley (1), Gabriel Bourque (2) 6 - 3 NYI
18:47NSH Roman Josi (1) Slapshot - ASST: Rich Clune (1), Matt Hendricks (1) 6 - 4 NYI
Three Stars of the Game
John Tavares
John Tavares
G: 2Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:59
Travis Hamonic
Travis Hamonic
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 19:40
Brock Nelson
Brock Nelson
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:40
Penalty Summary
1st Period
15:01NSH Victor Bartley  Interference  - 2 min against  Matt Martin
19:16NYI Brett Gallant  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Paul Gaustad
19:16NSH Paul Gaustad  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brett Gallant
19:16NYI Brett Gallant  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Paul Gaustad
19:16NSH Paul Gaustad  Elbowing  - 2 min against  Brett Gallant
2nd Period
01:44NSH Eric Nystrom  Holding the stick  - 2 min against  Brock Nelson
10:03NYI Travis Hamonic  Interference  - 2 min against  Nick Spaling
17:13NSH Simon Moser  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Martin
3rd Period
06:49NSH Rich Clune  Hooking  - 2 min against  Matt Martin
13:59NSH Matt Cullen  Delaying Game-Smothering puck  - 2 min
19:55NYI Brian Strait  Boarding  - 2 min against  Matt Cullen
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/21/5
Faceoff Wins2630
Blocked Shots215
Penalty Minutes1711
3S. JonesD00-12020:00
4R. EllisD0123014:24
6S. WeberD00-22025:53
7M. CullenC0001217:13
8K. KleinD00-10019:59
11D. LegwandC01-21015:03
13N. SpalingC0122013:17
15C. SmithR20-25015:40
16R. CluneL0100212:24
21S. MoserC1012215:02
24E. NystromL0012213:02
26M. HendricksL0101015:44
28P. GaustadC00-12713:42
33C. WilsonL0000012:52
41T. BeckL0000011:30
57G. BourqueR02-22015:48
59R. JosiD10-22025:37
64V. BartleyD0120214:07
30C. Hutton89.88919:44
35P. Rinne1924.79240:00
3T. HamonicD0321219:40
11L. VisnovskyD10-11021:15
12J. BaileyR1002017:31
13C. McDonaldR1114016:41
14T. HickeyD00-10016:05
16P. ReginC0011015:37
17M. MartinL0000015:15
26M. MoulsonL0305016:31
29B. NelsonL0223016:40
37B. StraitD00-11215:22
40M. GrabnerR00-11014:03
46M. DonovanD1003018:06
47A. MacDonaldD0131020:20
51F. NielsenC0110016:00
53C. CizikasC00-10015:51
59B. GallantL000079:50
91J. TavaresC2006017:59
96P. BouchardC0004015:09
20E. Nabokov2327.85260:00
60K. Poulin00.0000:00