Penalty late in regulation leads to Predators' defeat in shootout

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:53pm
Staff reports

The Nashville Predators allowed two power-play goals Tuesday – the second with 12 seconds to play in regulation – and ultimately were defeated 4-3 in a shootout by the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.

Nashville went in front 3-2 when Steve Sullivan scored on the power play 4:12 into the third period. That lead stood up until the final minute. Martin Erat was sent off for boarding with 46 seconds to go, and the Islanders, who had lost their previous seven, converted 34 seconds later.

Erat briefly atoned for the error when he prolonged the shootout with a successful attempt after the Predators’ first two skaters failed to convert. New York’s John Tavares beat goalie Pekka Rinne to start the fourth round, and when Patric Hornqvist failed to answer the game was over.

Cal O’Reilly and Joel Ward each scored for Nashville as the teams traded two goals apiece in the second period. Erat also had an assist on Sullivan’s go-ahead goal.

The Predators have allowed two power-play goals in each of their last two games and at least one in seven of the last eight.

They continue a four-game road trip Wednesday when they play the New York Rangers (6 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee) at Madison Square Garden.


• Prior to the game, Nashville recalled forward Colin Wilson and defenseman Nolan Yonkman.

Wilson, 20, played for the first time since Oct. 31. He had one shot in just 4:51 of ice time. Yonkman did not dress. The 28-year-old has 50 games of NHL experience, all with Washington. He last played in the league during the 2005-06 season.

Also Tuesday, defenseman Cody Franson was placed on Injured Reserve with a rib injury.


1 Comment on this post:

By: MusicCity615 on 2/10/10 at 10:40

Make it to the playoffs Preds, then make some magic happen. Fight hard NOW.