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Sullivan's goals help Preds nip Islanders in shootout

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- According to Nashville Predators forward
Steve Sullivan, it was luck that netted him a goal and his team two
points.

Sullivan scored in regulation and a shootout to help the
Predators win their second straight game, 2-1 over the New York
Islanders on Monday night.

Paul Kariya ended the shootout with a goal after the Islanders
chose to shoot first and had misses by Miroslav Satan and Viktor
Kozlov.

"We're not that excited about our game tonight," Sullivan
said. "We got away with one."

Mike Sillinger scored New York's only goal in regulation, while
Mike Dunham stopped 32 shots. Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves for
Nashville.

Vokoun struggled earlier this season, but Nashville coach Barry
Trotz saw signs of the Vokoun of old returning.

"He was much more patient today," Trotz said. "He's starting
to get into a flow."

Dunham has made three consecutive starts while usual starter
Rick DiPietro recovers from a groin injury.

"Mike's been fantastic for us," Sillinger said. "He's played
great in three straight games, and it's too bad he took the loss
tonight."

Nashville played its first overtime game of the season, while
the Islanders beat Anaheim in a shootout Wednesday night in
California.

The Islanders wasted little time opening the scoring. Just as
their first power play expired, Sillinger, down in the low right
slot, took Mike York's pass-out and fired an uncontested backhand
past Vokoun on the short side. The goal, Sillinger's second of the
season and 200th of his NHL career, came at 4:38.

"I didn't even realize at first that it was 200," Sillinger
said. "For all the years and all the teams I played for, it's a
nice honor. I just wish it came in a win."

Dunham made a big save in the period when he snared Scott
Hartnell's rising one-timer with his glove with 3:39 left.

Sullivan tied it just after the Predators' first power play
ended at 10:15 of the second period on a one-timer from the left
circle.

"I absolutely flubbed it," Sullivan said. "I think [Dunham]
expected a harder shot, and he played it that way, but it floated
off the crossbar and went in."

New York got a scare with 3:33 left in regulation when Dunham
went down after taking Kimmo Timonen's slap shot off his mask. The
goalie shook it off and stayed in the game.

Vokoun made his best save in overtime when he robbed Shawn Bates
with his glove at the right post with 28 seconds left. In overtime,
he stopped the dangerous Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov.

"Satan made a great move," Vokoun said. "I think he felt
confident he was going to get it by me. He was going to stretch my
leg, and I was faked out for a second, but it hit my toe and stayed
out."

Game notes
New York has only won consecutive home games at the start
of the season once in their last 12 years. They beat Florida and
Toronto in 2003-04. ... Nashville is one of only two teams to be
scheduled for a three-game road trip against the New York area
teams in one visit. Florida is the other. ... The announced
attendance was 9,431.