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Isles fall 3-1 to streaking Preds

The Islanders avoided their sixth shutout loss at home -- but just barely.

Newly-named All Star center John Tavares spoiled Pekka Rinne's perfect day, extending his point streak to nine games (five goals, 11 assists during that span) with a third-period tip-in goal with 3:58 to play.

But Nashville dominated play and Rinne stopped 36 shots in a stellar performance, leading his Nashville club to its fifth straight win.

21-year-old goaltender Kevin Poulin had a rough outing by comparison and was returned to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers after the game. Coming off four straight wins in the AHL -- including three consecutive shutouts -- Poulin gave up three goals on the first six shots he faced.

The young netminder made his first start for the Islanders since December 15 -- a 3-2 loss to Dallas.