UNIONDALE NY - DECEMBER 11: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders leaves the ice after losing against the Atlanta Thrashers on December 11 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale New York. The Thrashers defeated the Isles 5-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Nashville, TN (Sports Network) – Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and rookie Anders Lindback made 28 saves to record his second consecutive shutout, as the Nashville Predators beat the lowly New York Islanders, 5-0, at Bridgestone Arena.
Sergei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who have won three straight and six of their last seven games overall.
Dwayne Roloson stopped 21 shots for the Islanders, who have just one win in their last 21 outings.
The Predators used the power play to grab a 1-0 lead. Nashville defenseman Cody Franson made a nifty move to avoid a New York player at the point before snapping a shot that Kostitsyn tipped behind Roloson at the 11:15 mark of the first period.
Hornqvist and Jerred Smithson scored 2:09 apart in the middle stanza to make it 3-0.
After Hornqvist tallied again in the third period, Nick Spaling netted his first NHL career goal while on a 5-on-3 power play with 1:45 left in regulation.
The Predators have won their last five home games against the Islanders, three by the way of shutout…Nashville improved to 6-1-4 against the Eastern Conference this season…Islanders defenseman Mark Eaton is expected to miss the next one-to-two weeks with a groin injury…New York forward Rhett Rakhshani made his NHL debut.