• Poulin has 32 saves, Islanders beat Predators 3-1
    the Associated Press | November 13,2013
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    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Kyle Okposo scored and Kevin Poulin made 32 saves as the New York Islanders beat the Nashville Predators 3-1 Tuesday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

    The 23-year-old Poulin was sharp throughout as the Islanders (7-9-3) played a strong game following a dismal road trip during which they lost four games without recording a point.

    Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist ruined Poulin’s shutout bid with his fifth goal of the season with 5:30 remaining.

    Nashville (8-8-2) was playing the sixth game of a seven-stop road trip. The Predators lost 5-0 at both Winnipeg and New Jersey before visiting the Islanders. They conclude their journey at Pittsburgh on Friday.

    Tavares opened the scoring with 4:30 left in the first period with a power-play goal, his eighth of the season.

    Tavares was alone in the slot when he took a pass from Frans Nielsen from along the left boards as Nashville’s David Legwand served an elbowing penalty.

    Tavares settled the puck before firing it past Predators goaltender Marek Mazanec, who was making his first NHL start.

    The 22-year-old netminder was recalled from Milwaukee of the AHL last week to back up Carter Hutton, already the backup to starter Pekka Rinne who is out with a lingering hip infection.

    Bouchard scored his fourth of the season with 2:37 remaining in the first, also with an assist to Nielsen. Okposo increased the lead to 3-0 at 7:07 of the second, rifling a slap shot from the left circle past Mazanec for his sixth of the year.

    The Islanders collectively lifted their game as they were missing high-scoring left wing Thomas Vanek for the second straight contest. New York acquired Vanek on Oct. 27 from Buffalo for popular winger Matt Moulson.

    Vanek suffered an upper body injury early in last Saturday’s loss at Columbus.

    New York beat Boston 3-1 in their previous home game on Nov. 2 — when Vanek scored his first goal with the Islanders — then lost at Washington, Carolina, Columbus and Montreal.

    The contest was the second and final meeting this season between the teams. Nashville beat the Islanders 3-2 at home on Oct. 12.

    NOTES: The Islanders continued to be without D Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and D Brian Strait (upper body). ... The Islanders are 7-1-2 when they score at least three goals.

    ... Nashville scratched C Mike Fisher (lower body) plus LW Gabriel Bourque and D Mattias Ekholm.

    Hurricanes edge

    Avalanche 2-1

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal and an assist, lifting the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

    It was Colorado’s first loss in seven road games this season.

    Carolina goalie Justin Peters stopped 33 shots, while Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov stopped 26.

    Carolina has points in four straight games (3-0-1), all at home, since snapping a five-game losing streak.

    Paul Stastny scored his seventh goal of the season for Colorado.All seven of Carolina’s victories this season have been by one goal.

    Eric Staal played in his 708th game for Carolina, tying Kevin Dineen for third on the club’s all-time list.

    The Hurricanes led 1-0 after a penalty-free first period in which they outshot the Avalanche 11-5.

    Carolina got on the board first at 12:47 of the first, as Staal followed a Nathan Gerbe shot by backhanding the puck past Varlamov for his third goal of the season.

    Colorado outshot the Hurricanes 19-12 in the second.

    The Hurricanes made it 2-0 on a rush 26 seconds into the second, as from the left boards Gerbe passed to Dwyer for an easy glove-side goal.

    Stastny made it 2-1 on the game’s first power play at 14:34, picking up the loose puck behind Peters in the crease and following Nathan MacKinnon’s shot.

    NOTES: Carolina will complete its five-game homestand Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks. ... Colorado will play at St. Louis on Thursday night. ... Hurricanes D Tim Gleason (upper body) missed his fifth straight game and RW Kevin Westgarth (upper body) his fourth. . Avalanche LW Alex Tanguay (knee) missed his fourth straight and D Ryan Wilson (back) his third.
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