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Shooting Star

Islanders forward Matt Moulson earned the NHL's First Star of the Week honor after posting four-goals in one night to extend goal streak to four games

Monday, 12.05.2011 / 3:13 PM / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Matt Moulson is the type of player that has a knack for scoring. Over an eight day period, culminating Sat. Dec. 3, Moulson tallied seven goals in four games on the road. He scored one goal in each of the first three contests and added four more on Saturday night to lift the Islanders over the Dallas Stars, 5-4.

Being the first player in the National Hockey League this season to score four goals in one game earned the Isles winger recognition across the league, as he was awarded First Star of the Week honors for the first time in his career Monday.

“I probably owe a lot of it to my linemates,” said a humble Moulson. “They did more than I did out there. It was a good win for the team. That’s the biggest thing.”

Corey Crawford defelects a shot by Matt Moulson during a shootout at the United Center on December 2, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
While Moulson’s 13 goals lead the Islanders, his 19 points are third on the team behind linemates John Tavares (8 goals, 13 assists) and PA Parenteau (4 goals, 17 assists).

So it was no surprise when Moulson credited his linemates for his four-goal night.

“I watched (my goals) over again and I didn’t really have to do too much for them,” Moulson said. “I didn’t even know (Tavares) put it through his legs on that one play (third goal) and then he made a great play on the (second goal), when he made a nice move on the D.”

He continued, “Streiter (Mark Streit) had a good shot that led to the first one. PA (Parenteau) made an unbelievable pass on that fourth one where he had a breakaway, but he’s a disher at heart, so I knew it was coming.”

Sometimes luck is on your side, but numbers don’t lie. Amongst the league’s top goal scorers over the last three-seasons (beginning in 2009-10, Moulson’s first full NHL season), Moulson ranks 12th with 74 goals.

Christian Ehrhoff battles for position in front of the net against Matt Moulson at First Niagara Center on November 29, 2011. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
“I don’t really look at stuff like that, so I didn’t know that,” said a surprised Moulson. “I just try to go out there and score as many as I can and try to help the team win.”

He scored a career-high 31 goals last season after posting 30 goals the year before. Barely one-third of the way through the 2011-12 season, Moulson is on pace to record a career-high 44 goals this season. Even if that number drops off a bit, he deserves to be seen as one of the league’s most lethal goal scorers.

“I don’t think people thought much of it when he signed here, but I knew the kind of guy he was and his knack for scoring goals and just getting it done,” Tavares said of his long-time friend. “It’s not very pretty, it’s not stuff you’re going to see on the highlights every night, but at the end of the day he puts them in the net and makes it count.”

Moulson’s 13 goals this season are tied for eighth-best in the league, just three behind scoring leaders Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators. Of the seven players ahead of him, Moulson has played in at least one less game and as many as three fewer games this season.

His goals might not all be pretty, but as Parenteau would put it, Moulson has a nose for the net.

“It’s a great accomplishment for him,” Parenteau said. “He’s kind of a late bloomer like me, so it’s fun to see. He’s the kind of the guy who is very serious and works very hard. Hopefully I can feed him a few more so he can keep going.”

As the team returns to Long Island, Moulson will look to keep his goal scoring streak alive.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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