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Henny Ray Abrams, Associated Press
New York Islanders' goalie Kevin Poulin reaches for his stick after giving up the third goal of the first period to the Nashville Predators in an NHL hockey game at Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Sergei Kostitsyn and Matt Halischuk scored on Nashville's first two shots against Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin, and the surging Predators rolled to a 3-1 victory over New York on Monday in a holiday matinee.

David Legwand also finished a precision three-way passing play to close out the dominating first period for the Predators, who won for the eighth time in nine games and are 14-4 in their past 18.

Pekka Rinne made 36 saves for his 24th win, second in the NHL. He was denied his fourth shutout of the season when John Tavares extended his career-best point streak to nine games by scoring a goal with 3:58 remaining. Rinne's best stop came midway through the second period when he made a quick glove save to turn aside Tavares during New York's two-man power play.