NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) —Tomas Vokoun made 36 saves for his first shutout of the season and Vladimir Orszagh and Andreas Johansson scored against their former team as the Nashville Predators blanked the New York Islanders, 2-0.
Vokoun, making his 12th consecutive start, stopped 11 shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 12 in the third for his seventh career shutout and Nashville’s first of the season.
“I wanted to do everything perfectly right from the start,” Vokoun said. “It’s nice for goalies to get a shutout, it shows we played a good game.”
Orszagh scored the first goal 2:46 into the opening period on the power play.
From the left point, defenseman Karlis Skrastins sent a wrist shot toward the net. The puck caromed off the left skate of Denis Arkhipov and landed to the left of the net, where Orszagh poked it by the right skate of goaltender Garth Snow.
“The puck came rolling to me, and I pretty much had an empty net in front of me,” Orszagh said.
The Islanders drafted Orszagh in the fourth round eight years ago. He played 34 games over three years for the Islanders before returning to Europe after the 1999-2000 season.
“It’s always nice to score against your former team,” he said. “It is nice to show them that I belong here and that I can play at this level.”
Johansson’s 20th goal put the Predators ahead 2-0 at 8:33 of the first period. Jason York’s slap shot from the right point was kicked away by Snow, but the rebound came to Johansson in the low slot and he one-timed it past Snow stick side.
“Yorkie made a good play keeping the puck in and throwing it at the net,” Johansson said. “I went to the slot and the puck came right on my tape, and the net was basically empty.”
The much-traveled Johansson also was a draft pick of the Islanders, who took him in the seventh round in 1991. He played 17 games over two seasons for the Islanders.
“The Islanders were the team that drafted me and signed me. They gave me a chance to come over here and play,” Johansson said. “I wasn’t there too long, and I almost forgot about it.”
Johansson left the game in the third period with a strained groin, which is not believed to be serious.
The Predators had gone 1-3-1 in their previous five games.
“We got off to a really strong start, our special teams were good and we got solid goaltending,” coach Barry Trotz said.
The Islanders have lost three consecutive road games, where they will play 16 of their final 26 games.
“They did the little things right in the first 15 minutes of the game,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Then we had some chances to score after that and we didn’t bury them.”
Snow did his best to keep the score close after the Predators jumped ahead, 2-0, on their first four shots.
Midway through the second period, Snow denied Reid Simpson from the left faceoff circle. With the teams skating 4-on-4 just 25 seconds into the third, a diving Snow gloved a wrist shot from the right circle by Greg Johnson.
“I thought Garth Snow made some outstanding saves tonight,” Trotz said.
The Islanders were able to kill six of the seven Nashville power plays, including a 65-second two-man advantage in the third period.
Nashville killed all seven Islander power plays.
“It was a really solid penalty-killing effort tonight,” Trotz said.