Tavares, Islanders beat Predators
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP)
Named team captain this month and entering his fifth NHL season, the 23-year-old Tavares beat goaltender Pekka Rinne with a tip-in 1:25 into the game, and then scored off a scramble in front six minutes later.
After Craig Smith scored the first of his two goals for Nashville, Visnovsky scored on a pass from Moulson to put New York in front 3-1 at the 16-minute mark of the first.
Simon Moser and Roman Josi also scored for the Predators, who arrived about two hours before the game after their flight from Nashville was delayed.