Predators 6, Islanders 4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Patrick Kjellberg scored two of Nashville’s four goals in a 3:38 span of the second period Wednesday night in the Predators’ 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders.
Sebastien Bordeleau started the spurt at 7:53, Kjellberg scored his goals 1:43 apart and Joel Bouchard gave Nashville a 5-2 lead at 11:31.
Karlis Skrastins and Cliff Ronning also scored for the Predators, who won for the fourth time in six games. Tomas Vukoun stopped 27 shots for his seventh win.
Josh Green scored twice for the Islanders, and Mariusz Czerkawski and Tim Connolly also had goals. New York has lost two straight after a season-best three-game winning streak.
Kevin Weekes started in the New York goal and stopped 11 shots before being relieved by Roberto Luongo, who made 15 saves. Luongo absorbed the loss after giving up a pair of power-play goals.
Weekes has allowed at least four goals in six of his last seven starts _ the other being a shutout.
Skrastins gave the Predators a one-goal lead 77 seconds in when his centering pass banked in off Weekes’ skate.
The Islanders tied it at 16:06, 10 seconds into a power play. Olli Jokinen wound up with the puck at the left circle and sent a cross-ice feed to Czerkawski, who slapped it between the pads of a sliding Vukoun.
New York took a 2-1 lead on a gorgeous goal by Connolly at 5:03 of the second period. Connolly moved down the left slot, danced around a defenseman, pulled Vukoun out of the net, and slipped the puck behind him.
Nashville tied the game on Bordeleau’s slap shot from the top of the right circle that beat Weekes to the upper left corner.
Bouchard put the Predators back in front 28 seconds later on a poke-in off a scramble in the crease.
Kjellberg scored 87 seconds later when he split two defenseman and banked a wrist shot off the crossbar and in.
Luongo relieved Weekes and surrendered a power-play goal to Kjellberg off a rebound at 11:31. It was the third time this season Nashville scored four times in a period.
Green scored at the very end of a power play at 18:16 and off a pass from Czerkawski with 7:11 left in the game to make it 5-4. But Ronning scored on a two-man power-play advantage at 14:28 to end the comeback attempt.