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Kariya, Sullivan lift Predators to shootout victory

Oct 17, 2006 - 2:39 AM UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) -- Paul Kariya displayed the spirit of giving on his 32nd birthday.

Kariya and Steve Sullivan netted goals in the shootout and Tomas Vokoun made 26 saves to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders in their only meeting of the season.

After setting franchise records in assists (54) and points (85) in his first season with Nashville, Kariya came through with the shootout clincher to give the Predators their fourth consecutive victory over the Islanders.

"It was a little bit of a sloppy game, but we'll take the points," Kariya said. "Our power play wasn't too effective and there weren't a lot of chances with so much five-on-five. A positive was that last year, we really struggled with penalties, and it's nice to play a little smarter this year."

"I think we got away with one," Sullivan said. "Tonight, I think we are finding a good balance between our offense and our defense."

Miroslav Satan was stopped by Vokoun's kick save to open the shootout before Sullivan beat netminder Mike Dunham to the glove side.

"(Satan) made a great move," Vokoun said. "I think he was a little too sure of himself after the move. He thinks he's going to put it in an empty net, but I just kind of stretched my leg and it hit my toe and went off to the side."

"When I got to the top of the circle, (Dunham) was just starting to go down, paddle down," Sullivan said. "I was thinking of going five-hole, but when he went paddle down and took that away, I decided to go high glove."

Vokoun followed with a stick save on Viktor Kozlov before Kariya converted to give the Predators their second straight victory after opening with three losses.

"One of the things I need to remind them is you have to know the score, you have to know the ice conditions, and you have to know the situations a little bit better," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We are trying to be a little bit too crafty and that ends up going the wrong way. In some areas of the game, we did very well."

Mike Sillinger scored his 200th career goal at 4:38 when he took a feed from Mike York, skated along the goal line and stuffed the puck between Vokoun's left pad and the goalpost to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.

"We have had lapses in periods," Sillinger said. "We had the pressure on in the third period. Mike Dunham played fantastic for us. He's given us a chance in every game he's played."

The Predators tied the score with 9:45 left in the second period as Sullivan fired a one-timer of David Legwand's cross-ice pass from the left faceoff circle past Dunham's glove for his third goal of the season.

"It was an absolute flubber," Sullivan said. "I missed it. (Dunham) was expecting a hard shot, and made the move to catch a harder shot, and it kind of floated by him. I think it hit the crossbar."

New York had a pair of opportunities to win the game in the final minute of overtime. However, Shawn Bates hit the right post with 25 seconds remaining and Vokoun stopped Satan's wrister from the left faceoff circle with seven seconds to go.

Replacing Rick DiPietro, who continues to recover from a groin injury, Dunham stopped 32 shots in losing for the first time in three games.

"I don't think it was a very good hockey game," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "Nashville played a very good road game. They had more of a defensive posture, and on the offensive side, they had our heads spinning a couple of times."

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