Nashville Predators' Craig Smith, second from right, shoots the puck past New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov to score in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo / Kathy Kmonicek)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - John Tavares scored two first-period goals, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-4 preseason victory against the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Named team captain this month and entering his fifth NHL season, the 23-year-old Tavares beat goaltender Pekka Rinne with a tip-in 1:25 into the game, and then scored off a scramble in front six minutes later.
Lubomir Visnovsky, Colin McDonald, Matt Donovan and Josh Bailey also scored for the Islanders. Matt Moulson had three assists.
Craig Smith had two goals for Nashville. Simon Moser and Roman Josi also scored.