Jones' 1st goal lifts Predators to win over Isles
- Article by: JIM DIAMOND
- Associated Press
- October 12, 2013 - 9:45 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seth Jones scored his first NHL goal and the Nashville Predators edged the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night.
Nashville has won two of three. The Islanders were beaten for the third time in four games — including twice in two days.
Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Ellis had the other Nashville goals. Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored for New York.
Pekka Rinne needed to make only 14 saves for the win. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 28 shots in the loss.
After a scoreless opening period, Jones gave the Predators a 1-0 lead at 1:03 of the second.
With Nashville on a power play, Shea Weber had the puck at the right point. Weber found David Legwand on the right boards, and Legwand slid a cross-ice pass to Jones at the top of the left circle. Jones took the puck and beat Nabokov on the short side with a slap shot.
The 19-year-old defenseman, who was the No. 4 four pick in this year's NHL draft, was put on the left side of Nashville's top defensive pairing alongside Weber. He took that spot after Roman Josi sustained a concussion just over a week earlier in a game at Colorado.
Nielsen tied it at 12:39 of the second after Kyle Okposo found him with a pass as Nielsen came through the high slot unchecked. He snapped a wrist shot past Rinne.
Less than three minutes later, Tavares gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead when he banked in a shot from below the goal line off of Rinne's right pad.
Hornqvist sent the teams into the second intermission tied at 2 after his shot from the right circle beat Nabokov with 53 seconds remaining in the period.
Ellis netted the winning goal 3:23 into the third when his slap shot from just inside the blue line on the right side beat Nabokov on the stick side.
NOTES: Nashville LW Viktor Stalberg made his season debut after missing the first four games because of a shoulder injury. After playing three seasons for the Chicago Blackhawks, Stalberg signed a four-year deal with Nashville in July. ... New York's Jack Capuano coached in his 200th NHL game. ... Tavares has a four-game point streak.
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