Monday, January 16, 2012

Strong first period propels Preds past Islanders

The Nashville Predators defeated the New York Islanders on Monday by a 3-1 score for their fifth consecutive win. Sergei Kostitsyn, Matt Halischuk and David Legwand all scored in the first period for the Predators to propel them to the victory.

Pekka Rinne was very strong in the game, stopping 36 out of 37 shots. Rinne was particularly strong in the second period. The Islanders put 19 shots on goal during the middle frame, and Rinne was able to stop every one of them. John Tavares was finally able to put one past Rinne in the third period for the Islanders' lone goal of the game.

It was announced the Ryan Suter had an upper-body injury just before the puck dropped. He played 7:04 in the first period, but did not return after that. According to Josh Cooper of The Tennessean, Suter is listed as doubtful for Tuesday night's game against the New York Rangers.

Kostitsyn picked up his sixth goal of the 2012 calendar year on his eighth shot of the 2012 calendar year. He's shooting very well for the Predators right now, but still only shot one time in the game.

The Predators will take on the Rangers tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. from Madison Square Garden. The game will be televised on the new NBC Sports Network.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. Pekka Rinne(NSH)
2. Matt Halischuk(NSH)
3. David Legwand(NSH)

Official 3 Stars:
1. David Legwand(NSH)
2. Pekka Rinne(NSH)
3. Sergei Kostitsyn(NSH)

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