Bouncing back after a devastating 4-0 loss Thursday night to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Nashville Predators defeated the New York Islanders by a score of 3-2 — the "Predator type of win" according to general manager David Poile.
Yet again, Nashville's puck possession was dominant, holding the Islanders to 9:52 in before they fired their first shot on net. However, it wasn't until early in the second period that the Predators scored the first goal of the game. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones netted his first career NHL goal on the power play.
New York answered back later in the second with two unanswered goals from Frans Nielson and John Tavares to take a 2-1 lead with 15:28 in the second. Nashville responded with two goals of their own, which would be enough to win the game. Patric Hornqvist scored five-hole, while Ryan Ellis fired the puck past Evgeni Nabokov's blocker side.
Pekka Rinne had a relatively easy night, facing only sixteen shots in his second win of the season.
1. Jones' first career NHL goal: It took only five games for nineteen-year-old Seth Jones to score his first career National Hockey League goal. On the power play, David Legwand setup Jones alone to the right of Nabokov and blasted a shot blocker side. Just two games ago, Jones recorded his first NHL point on a secondary assist to Filip Forsberg's first NHL goal of his own. Here is Jim Diamond's picture from his Twitter account, @diamondhockey, of Jones with his puck.
Seth Jones with his first NHL goal puck. pic.twitter.com/FWkgfFdR4Q
— Jim Diamond (@diamondhockey) October 13, 2013
2. Hornqvist needs to chill: Twice during the game, Patric Hornqvist snapped on the officials. The second time, Hornqvist yelled at the referee and slammed his stick down in front of him. Lucky for him, he did not receive a minor for unsportsmanlike conduct. Understandably having so much built up anger towards the officiating can get to a player, but he needs to keep it in check.
Following his explosion, Hornqvist scored the game-tying goal with under a minute left in the second period.
3. Islanders need more shots: In the past two nights, head coach Jack Capuano's boys have totaled just thirty-five shots. Tonight alone, the Predators had thirty-one shots on net. The Islanders are in a highly competitive Metropolitan (ugh…) Division and averaging seventeen or eighteen shots per night will not suffice.
4. Gaustad is an excellent skater: 6'5", 223lbs center Paul Gaustad showed Saturday night he has wheels. The evidence was shown in the first half of the third period during a four minute penalty kill. After Gaustad went on a rush and his teammate turned the puck over, he had to quickly get back to defend. Gaustad's back-check intercepted a pass that could've setup the game-tying goal. Gaustad is now one of the underrated skaters in this league as a big man after his performance against the Isles.
5. Stalberg's return uneventful: Viktor Stalberg played his first game as a Nashville Predator, quickly recovering from a shoulder injury that was expected to keep him out 3-4 weeks. Trotz limited Stalberg's ice time to just 12:20 in his return, but that could also be because he was unapparent throughout the night. All he had to show for himself was one shot on net. But give him time. He will start producing when he starts to feel more comfortable.
1-0 NSH: PP Seth Jones – Legwand and Weber at 1:03 in the 2nd
1-1 tie: Frans Nielson – Okposo and Hamonic at 12:39 in the 2nd
1-2 NYI: John Tavares – Okposo (2) and Strait at 15:28 in the 2nd
2-2 tie: Patric Hornqvist – Wilson and Ellis at 19:07 in the 2nd
3-2 NSH: Ryan Ellis – Cullen and Smith at 3:23 in the 3rd
NSH: Pekka Rinne (W) – 14 saves on 16 shots; played 60:00
NYI: Evgeni Nabokov (L) – 28 saves on 31 shots; played 58:56
My Three Stars
1. NSH: Seth Jones – First career NHL goal, great defensive plays when needed
2. NSH: Ryan Ellis – Goal and Assist
3. NYI: Kyle Okposo – 2 Assists
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Spaling and Clune
Predators starters: Nystrom, Gaustad, Hendricks, Klein, Ekholm and Rinne
Islanders scratches: Boulton, Donovan and Bouchard
Islanders starters: Martin, Cizekis, McDonald, Hamonic, MacDonald and Nabokov