Islanders sink Lightning in play-off opener

The New York Islanders took an early lead in their NHL play-off second-round clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning after recording a road win on Wednesday night.

Shane Prince found the net twice in the first period to inspire a 5-3 win in the first of the seven-match series.

Travis Hamonic, John Tavares and Cal Clutterback also scored for the Islanders while goaltender Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

The Nashville Predators booked their place in the second round with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in their decisive Game Seven.

With the series tied at 3-3, first-period goals from Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad put the Predators in command.

Ryan Kesler gave the Ducks hope in the third period, but Nashville held on to set up a tie with the San Jose Sharks.