Islanders buried by Predators when Craig Smith does a hat trick

<pre><pre>Islanders buried by Predators when Craig Smith does a hat trick

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This was an unforgettable night for the New York Islanders, who had captured their humble winning streak in two games.

Craig Smith scored three times, Juuse Saros scored 31 saves and the Nashville Predators defeated the Islanders 5-0 on Thursday night.

Rocco Grimaldi had a goal and an assist, and Mattias Ekholm also scored for Nashville, who lost two games.

Thomas Greiss allowed three goals in eight shots for the islanders, who had won two in a row before being replaced by Semyon Varlamov, who scored 16 saves.

Saros started for the fourth time in the last five games from Nashville and recorded his second shutout of the season and the ninth of his career.

Smith only scored 35 seconds in the opening phase.

Islanders' defender, Nick Leddy, had the puck in the right circle. Smith raised Leddy's stick, took the puck, and slapped Greiss on the short side just below the crossbar with a quick wrist shot.

Smith got his second at 7:41 am of the first.

Behind the New York network, Grimaldi sent a hard pass to Smith in the slot, where he hit Greiss with a shot on the wrist.

Ekholm was chasing Greiss when he turned a wrist shot from the left faceoff circle 13:33 into the first.

At the first season meeting between the teams on December 17 on Long Island, Greiss allowed five goals in 15 shots.

Grimaldi defeated Varlamov 4:41 in the second and Smith ended his first career hat-trick at 11:38. Smith got his 16th of the season from a passport from Predator captain Roman Josi.