NEW YORK (AP) — Eeli Tolvanen scored with 11.5 seconds left to cap the Nashville Predators‘ third-period rally for a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night time.
The Islanders led 3-2 after Noah Dobson’s purpose early within the third, however Nashville got here again to maintain New York winless in seven video games at its new enviornment.
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Nashville’s Yakov Trenin tied it with 7:29 left, and Tolvanen tipped a shot by Roman Josi from the purpose previous Semyon Varlamov.
“It’s good to not solely rating targets by taking pictures,” mentioned the 22-year-old Tolvanen, a first-round decide by Nashville in 2017. “It’s a pleasant talent to have that I can tip the targets. I observe that so much.”
The Islanders are 0-5-2 at UBS Enviornment, which opened with a lot fanfare late final month. It’s the first time in NHL historical past a crew has gone winless in its first seven video games in a brand new venue.
“I felt like we deserved a degree, perhaps two, however that’s not the best way it’s going proper now,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz mentioned. ”That one damage as a result of I believed we performed a reasonably stable sport in opposition to an excellent crew.”
Varlamov stopped 25 photographs however remained winless, falling to 0-5-1.
“I give the Islanders credit score. I believed each groups performed very well,” Predators coach John Hynes mentioned. “It was a hard-fought sport, powerful surroundings to play in. However our guys caught with it and obtained rewarded for it.”
David Rittich made 18 saves for Nashville, which has gained three straight and 4 of 5. The Predators additionally gained the primary assembly between the groups this season, 3-2.
Dobson put the Islanders forward 3-2 at 5:08 of the third when his shot from the appropriate level via site visitors eluded Rittich, sending the house crowd right into a frenzy.
Trenin tied it by poking the puck previous Varlamov for his fourth purpose this season.
Rittich stopped Cal Clutterbuck with a close-in shot with two minutes left within the third, earlier than Tolvanen despatched the guests away victorious.
“We’ve been chasing a number of video games,″ Trotz mentioned. ”If you’re chasing it, you’re taking extra dangers. I believed our third was advantageous. I believed we had been going to extra time there.”
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Islanders ahead Austin Czarnik opened the scoring at 6:48 of the primary together with his first of the season. Czarnik beat Rittich with a short-side shot. The purpose was Czarnik’s first as an Islander.
Nashville’s Ryan Johansen tied it at 17:28 of the primary, beating Varlamov for his eighth purpose of the season. Johansen, who additionally assisted on the successful purpose together with Roman Josi, has 15 factors — three targets and 12 assists — in his final 10 video games.
Colton Sissons put Nashville forward at 18:52 of the primary together with his third purpose of the season.
“We knew they might come out arduous and tremendous aggressive,” Sissons mentioned. “I feel we got here fairly ready for that. We remained powerful and hung in there and scoring well timed targets within the third.”
Islanders captain Anders Lee tied it at 2 together with his seventh of the season on the ability play at 1:56 of the second, the lone purpose of the center interval.
New York was coming off its first win since Nov. 6, a 5-3 victory at Ottawa on Tuesday night time, after an 0-8-3 skid.
Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara performed in his 1,627th profession sport, and the 44-year-old had a spirited battle with Trenin at 13:18 of the primary interval. The six-foot-9 Chara is third amongst defensemen in NHL video games performed behind Chris Chelios (1,651) and Scott Stevens (1,635). Trenin, who’s seven inches shorter than Chara, returned after getting seven stitches after the battle.
“That was an unbelievable battle by each guys,” Hynes mentioned. “I give Trenny all of the credit score on the earth.”
NOTES: The Islanders scratched defenseman Robin Salo and forwards Matt Martin and Otto Koivula and had been nonetheless with out injured ahead Brock Nelson and defenseman Ryan Pulock. … The Predators scratched goaltender Juuse Saros and defensemen Ben Harpur and Philippe Myers. … Heart Casey Cizikas remained the lone Islander out of the lineup due to COVID-19 protocol. … Thursday’s sport was the primary in a stretch for the Islanders through which they’ll play 9 of 11 video games at dwelling.
Islanders: Internet hosting New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
Predators: Visiting New Jersey Devils on Friday.
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