Reigniting the Chemistry

Last season's most productive line looks to improve upon their milestones

Wednesday, 09.7.2011 / 5:01 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Reigniting the Chemistry
When you read a newspaper article about a successful line combination, you’re often going to read about chemistry. Not the kind of chemistry that occurs when you mix baking soda with vinegar, but instead the kind of chemistry you get when two tango dancers read each other’s slightest movements and predict their partner’s next move.

Matt Moulson (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Last season, Matt Moulson, John Tavares and PA Parenteau developed that kind of chemistry. Things may have gotten off to a rocky start, but by season’s end, they were thinking one step ahead of their opponents.

“Johnny, PA and I seem to be able to read off of each other out there,” said Moulson, who now has two consecutive 30-goal seasons. “We know where each other are going to be. We obviously love playing with each other. We talked about a lot of things off the ice and on the bench. I think that helps when you’re talking about chemistry.”

He added, “The main thing is that we really enjoy playing with each other and it seems sometimes you find guys that click on lines for whatever reason and seem to mesh well. That’s the case with our line.”

Tavares and Moulson, from the same town in Ontario, have known each other for years and tend to spend a lot of time together in the summer, training at the same facility in Mississauga, Ontario. But Parenteau, who completes the trio, is another story.

“I’ve talked to PA a couple times,” Moulson said. “I asked him, ‘Are you going to come back (to Long Island) so we can get our chemistry together before the season?’ He said, ‘We never lose it.’ According to him, we never lose chemistry and I think I agree with that.”

According to Moulson, Parenteau is already en route from Quebec to Long Island. And even though the guys have all been in contact with each other over the summer, Tavares said the space can be a good thing.

John Tavares (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
“Sometimes I think you have to get away from each other to appreciate the guys you play with and what they bring to the table,” Tavares said. “We all prepare in our own ways, but obviously, we still keep in touch here and there and know what each other are doing. I’m staying with Matt for training camp. I think that’s a great way to keep the chemistry going. PA will be here soon, so we’ll be able to rekindle what we had going last season.”

All three players reached new milestones by seasons’ end and the team’s most productive offensive line is looking to improve on what they had last year.

“I think chemistry can always get better,” Tavares said. “We just want to be more consistent than we were at times last year and I think that comes with experience and maturing at this level, just consistency and being a threat every night.”

Moulson added, “Obviously, we all love getting points and getting wins, so I think you have to be hungry to get those goals, which lead to wins. That’s the biggest thing. I hope we can score as many as we possibly can. I don’t want to put a cap on it.”

So for now, they’ll each be that source of motivation, lighting that metaphorical Bunsen burner underneath each other’s skates.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 3 1 3 2 4
K. Okposo 3 2 1 2 3
J. Tavares 3 1 2 3 3
R. Strome 3 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 3 2 0 1 2
L. Visnovsky 3 0 2 4 2
C. Clutterbuck 3 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 3 0 1 0 1
N. Leddy 3 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 3 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 1 0 .929 2.01

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