NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—The Nashville Predators no longer are the only team in the NHL without a shutout.
Vokoun, who took all the blame for a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, downplayed his perfect performance.
“The most important thing is the two points, and even more important that we came back after that game against Los Angeles,” Vokoun said. “This team is young with a lot of prospects. We have to make sure that we learn from our mistakes.
“We need to play hard and smart every night.”
It was the seventh career shutout for Vokoun.
“You have to be focused for 60 minutes and that is obviously hard to do,” Vokoun added. “You are just trying to put yourself in the best position to make the save.”.
Nashville scored a pair of first-period goals, but Islanders goaltender Garth Snow made 22 saves in the last two periods and 30 for the game.
Nashville coach Barry Trotz praised Vokoun’s efforts, but also was impressed with what he saw from Snow.
“Tomas was solid in the net,” Trotz said. “Offensively, I thought we had the chance to blow it wide open, but we just couldn’t get that third goal. I thought Garth Snow made some outstanding saves.”
Vladimir Orszagh opened the scoring. Karlis Skrastins fired a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that bounced off the skate of Denis Arkhipov stationed in front of the net. Orszagh skated in from the left side and put the rebound by Snow on the power play only 2:46 into the first period.
“We were kind of scrambling on the power play,” Orszagh said. “There was the shot from the blue line and Denis slowed the puck a little bit. It came to me and I had pretty much an empty net.”
For Orszagh, who played in 44 games over a four-year period for the Islanders, it was nice to show what he could do.
“I proved to them I could play on this level,” Orszagh said. “I had a chance to score a couple of more goals, but you have to be satisfied with what you get.”
“It was a good play by Jason York,” Johansson said. “I went to the right spot, the puck went on my tape and the net was empty.”
That was all the offense the Predators would manage, but Vokoun made sure it was enough. “Tomas has proved himself as the No. 1 goalie,” Orszagh said. “All his statistics are much higher than last year. He is keeping our playoff chances alive.”
Islanders coach Peter Laviolette stressed his team had opportunities, but failed to capitalize.
“Nashville did the little things right in the first 15 minutes of the game,” Laviolette said. “Then we had some chances to score after that, but we didn’t bury them. There was the power-play goal and then a breakdown defensively. It was 2-0 and we couldn’t get anything in.”
^Notes: Johansson, also a former Islander, left the game in the third period with a groin strain. He has reached 20 goals faster than any player in Nashville’s five-year history: 50 games. The old mark was 20 goals in 54 games by Sergei Krivokrasov in the Predators’ first season. … Orszagh has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four games. … David Legwand, who had an assist against the Islanders, leads the Predators with 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists). Legwand has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games.