UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Islanders wasted a rare
opportunity in overtime -- and won anyway.
Adrian Aucoin scored just 3 seconds after Brad Isbister was
stopped on a penalty shot, capping a three-goal comeback as New
York beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night for
its first win of the season.
Shawn Bates won a faceoff, and Aucoin moved from the right point
to the center of the ice and let go a low slap shot that beat
goalie Tomas Vokoun -- who squeezed Isbister's penalty shot between
his pads just seconds before.
''Players get a mindset that something big is going to happen
when you have one of those instances,'' Aucoin said.
Vokoun was screened Aucoin's shot.
''I couldn't see the shot, and I was moving to my right side,''
he said. ''He just shot it left.''
Aucoin felt lucky to score.
''It had eyes -- its own eyes,'' Aucoin said. ''It didn't have my
eyes because I missed the net about 15 times tonight.''
Isbister was awarded a penalty shot at 1:47 of overtime when he
was cut down from behind on a breakaway. Isbister, Vokoun and the
puck all crossed the goal line as the net came off its moorings on
''To tell you the truth, I thought that might have been a goal
even before they called the penalty shot,'' Isbister said. ''I
honestly thought they were going to go upstairs and look at the
Instead, Isbister broke in unimpeded on Vokoun, who stood up and
squeezed his pads to stop Isbister's five-hole attempt.
''There was an opening there,'' Isbister said. ''I just didn't
Vokoun's strategy was to stay patient.
''Ninety percent of the time, if the shooter makes the first
move, the goalie makes the save,'' Vokoun said. ''I just tried to
stay patient and wait for him to do something first.''
Alexei Yashin tied it at 5:56 of the third period when he tipped
Raffi Torres' cross-ice pass past Vokoun.
''I didn't really see the puck coming,'' Yashin said. ''Raffi
made a nice play, he just threw it over.''
Dave Scatchard and Mark Parrish also scored for New York, which
avoided losing three straight games to start the season for the
first time in its 31-year history.
Chris Osgood had to make only 10 saves for the victory.
Former Islander Andreas Johansson scored twice and Karlis
Skrastins added a goal for the Predators, who also picked up their
first point of the season in three games. Vokoun made 26 saves.
Johansson scored two power-play goals to give the Predators a
2-0 lead. Scott Walker set up both goals.
The Predators scored 3:01 in when Johansson took Scott Walker's
pass and sent a one-timer through Osgood's legs for a power-play
Johansson scored again while the Predators were up two men when
Walker's cross-ice pass deflected off an Islanders player. The puck
went right to Johansson at the left side, and his quick wrist shot
beat Osgood at 6:16.
The Islanders dominated the second half of the period, and had
several chances, but Scatchard was the only one to beat Vokoun, as
his rebound shot from a sharp angle found an open net at 12:56.
Scatchard had two of the three goals the Islanders scored in
their first seven periods this season.
Nashville made it 3-1 on a 3-on-5 short-handed goal 21 seconds
into the second period. Skrastins moved the puck up to the
Islanders' blue line, and using defenseman Kenny Jonsson as a
screen, wristed a shot that cleanly beat Osgood to the glove side.
''I didn't see it,'' Osgood said. ''It was still a bad goal. I
didn't give myself a good chance to stop it.''
Parrish answered back with a power-play goal at 7:07. He tipped
in Mattias Timander's slap shot.
Nashville was the only NHL team not to lose an overtime
game last season, going 5-0-13. ... Scatchard's goal was also the
first even-strength goal for New York this season. ... Walker left
with a chest injury in the second period after being smashed into
the boards by defenseman Eric Cairns. ... Nashville started a
stretch of playing 10 of 13 games on the road. ... Attendance was
12,279. ... Aucoin, who logged a ridiculously high 40:51 of ice
time in Saturday night's regulation loss to Washington, had a more
reasonable 31:28 -- including overtime. ... Former Islander and
current Predator Vladimir Orszagh had one penalty in each of the
three regulation periods. ... The Islanders had a 36-35 edge in