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Predators pick up third straight win in thriller against Islanders.

The Nashville Predators started a four-game road trip on Monday night as they took on the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, NY. If this was a preview of what is in store for this road trip, they are in for a wild ride as they erased a two-goal deficit before earning a 5-4 overtime win.

Monday night’s game was one of the more dramatic of the year with plenty of ups and downs and the final sequence wrapped that up perfectly with Nick Bonino and Roman Josi teaming up for an impressive overtime winner.

One word you could use to recap the first period would be weird. It featured a combined five goals and that’s just the start of it.

Mattias Ekholm was whistled for the first penalty of the game and John Taveres cashed in on the man advantage for the Islanders 4:55 into the contest.

The Predators, who were out played in the opening 10 minutes or so, stormed back with two unanswered goal thanks to Kevin Fiala lighting the lamp twice in the span of 1:28. His first came off of a wicked cross-ice feed from Kyle Turris while the second was a strong effort out in front of the net battling traffic.

Just when Nashville seemed to grab some momentum, the Islanders took that away with Ryan Pulock scoring 1:38 after the Fiala go-ahead tally. The Isles then re-took the lead when Casey Cizikas stormed out of the penalty box, controlled the puck along the half-wall, got inside P.K. Subban and somehow snuck the puck between the post and Pekka Rinne’s left pad.

New York led 3-2 after 20 minutes while Nashville led in the shots on goal category 18-11.

Just after the Predators killed off a Ryan Johansen minor penalty eight seconds into the second period, the Islanders added an insurance marker when Nick Leddy zipped a puck from the point through walls of traffic and past Rinne.

With 3:35 left in the second frame, Calle Jarnkrok scored for the Preds as he shoveled the puck past Jaroslav Halak while battling in front of the crease.

The Islanders led 4-3 after 40 minutes despite the Preds out shooting them 37-20. The Preds also had five minor penalties to their name at that point.

The weirdness of the game continued on into the final period. After the two teams combined for 57 shots on net through the first two frames, the final period saw Nashville manage only six while the Isles had seven. The Preds went past the halfway mark of the period with just one shot on net.

The fast-paced final frame that featured almost no stoppages in play ended in exciting fashion with the Predators tying things up at 4-4 and taking the game to overtime. Subban blasted the puck towards the net and it fell directly to Johansen to the left of the net and he went up high to score with only 33 seconds remaining.

The overtime period started out with Rinne and Halak dueling it out making highlight reel saves back-to-back. Then, a true highlight reel goal came with 1:18 left.

Josi carried the puck up ice with Bonino opposite him. The Swiss blue liner lobbed a pass over to Bonino before receiving the puck right back on a no-look pass and burying it to hand Nashville the win.

With the win, the Predators have now scored five goals in three straight games and find themselves on a three-game winning streak.

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