Neal, Johansen lead Predators over Islanders 4-2

James Neal and Ryan Johansen each scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Ryan Ellis and Austin Watson also scored for Nashville, which has recorded at least one point in the standings in 16 of their last 17 games.

Rookie Ryan Pulock and Brock Nelson had the goals for the Islanders, who have lost of four of their last five.

Neal scored the game's first goal at 9:15 of the opening period. Calle Jarnkrok carried the puck off of the right wall and from the circle, he fed Neal skating through the slot, where he beat Thomas Greiss with a wrist shot on the stick side. Neal was coming off of his first hat trick of the season in Monday's Nashville win in Edmonton.

Pulock tied it at 1 at 6:02 of the second with a wrist shot from the right point for his first career NHL goal. John Tavares assisted on the goal, giving the Islander captain his 30th of the season — the sixth time he has reached the mark.

Nashville regained the lead at 8:13 of the second on a power-play goal by Ellis. From the top of the right circle, Ellis fired a slap shot by Greiss on the stick side.

Johansen followed 1:41 later when he lifted a wrist shot under the crossbar from just outside the crease on the right side.

Early in the third, Nelson squeezed a wrist shot from the right circle through Rinne to cut the Nashville lead to one.

Watson added an empty net goal with 56.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Nashville.

Greiss had 28 saves, while Rinne finished with 20.

NOTES: The Islanders selected Pulock with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft. ... The Islanders are 9-3-1 against the Central Division this season. ... Nashville is 24-1-3 when leading after two periods. ... Predators D Anthony Bitetto has a point in three of his last four games.