Nelson's late goal rescues Islanders against Predators

– Brock Nelson scored with 6:08 left, helping the New York Islanders rally after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

With the win, the Islanders moved back atop the Metropolitan Division ahead of the idle Rangers. The Islanders had been 2-7-0 all-time in Nashville, which came into the game second in the Western Conference.

Jaroslav Halak made 28 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid.

HIGHLIGHTS

•FLYERS (AND FANS) WIN: The host Philadelphia Flyers scored three third-period goals to stop the St. Louis Blues 3-1. A winter storm that blanketed the Northeast kept thousands of fans home, but about 9,000 fans came after the Flyers gave away tickets to anyone taking public transportation, slashed merchandise 50 percent and offered free hot dogs and pretzels.

•NOW IN GOAL … YOU!: The Panthers announced plans for a contest that will give someone an amateur tryout contract and the chance to be Florida's backup practice goalie for one day after regular netminders Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya were both injured in the same game.

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