National Hockey League
Nashville 4, NY Islanders 3
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 9, 2021
Where: UBS Arena, Elmont, New York
Referees: Gord Dwyer, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: David Brisebois, Derek Nansen
Attendance: 17255

Eeli Tolvanen scored with 11.5 seconds left in the third period Thursday night for the visiting Nashville Predators, who overcame a late deficit to edge the New York Islanders, 4-3.

Roman Josi's shot from just in front of the blue line sailed through a gaggle of players and glanced off Tolvanen before fluttering past Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Ryan Johansen and Colton Sissons scored in the first period and Yakov Trenin scored the tying goal with 7:29 left for the Predators, who have won three straight and four of five. Goalie David Rittich made 18 saves.

Austin Czarnik, Anders Lee and Noah Dobson scored for the Islanders, whose point streak ended at four games. Their losing streak at UBS Arena hit seven games (0-5-2) -- the longest arena-opening losing streak by a team at its new home in NHL history.

Varlamov recorded 25 saves.

Czarnik won a faceoff deep in the Islanders zone with Mikael Granlund to begin the end-to-end rush that ended with his first goal in more than two years. Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows exchanged the puck before Wahlstrom dropped a no-look pass to Czarnik, who fired a shot over Rittich's glove at 6:48.

The goal was Czarnik's first since Oct. 24, 2019, when he scored for the Calgary Flames against the Florida Panthers.

Turnovers by the Islanders led to a pair of goals by the Predators in an 84-second span late in the first. Luke Kunin stole the puck from Sebastian Aho at the New York blue line and sent an off-balance pass to Johansen, who shoveled the puck into the open left corner of the net with 2:32 left.

Dobson's pass clipped off the stick of Nick Cousins in the neutral zone to begin a surge by the Predators, who took the lead when Sissons, stationed near where Johansen was for his goal, put back the rebound of Tanner Jeannot's shot beyond Varlamov's stick.

The Islanders tied the score with a power play goal just 1:56 into the second. Mathew Barzal's shot into the crease bounced around off the skate of Lee, who then backhanded the puck past Rittich.

Dobson snapped the tie 5:08 into the third, but the lead lasted just 7:23 before Trenin took a pass from Jeannot and beat Varlamov from point-blank range.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Nashville   NY Islanders
Ryan Johansen 2 Points Oliver Wahlstrom 2
Ryan Johansen 1 Goals Austin Czarnik 1
Tanner Jeannot 2 Assists Oliver Wahlstrom 2
N/A Power Play Goals Anders Lee 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
David Rittich .857 Save Percentage Semyon Varlamov .862
David Rittich 18 Saves Semyon Varlamov 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 29 4 0-1 1-2 9 31
NY Islanders 21 3 1-2 1-1 7 23
Upcoming Games
  • NY Islanders will play their next game at home against New Jersey. The Islanders have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .250 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against New Jersey. The Predators have a W/L % of .467 after a win and .727 after a loss.