Moulson Is Seeing Stars
Matt Moulson scored the first four-goal game of his NHL career Saturday night against the Dallas Stars; it was also the first individual four-goal game of the 2012 season. As a result, the Islanders were able to hold on for a thrilling 5-4 win.
Although the win is what ultimately matters most for the Islanders, who took seven out of eight possibly points on their four-game road trip, Moulson was the recipient of this week's NHL's First Star honors.
Per the Islanders official press-release:
The National Hockey League announced today that Islanders forward Matt Moulson has been named the First Star of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Dec. 4.
Moulson, 28, scored six goals and added one assist in three games last week to help the Islanders to a 2-0-1 record. The North York, ON, native finished the week with the league’s first four-goal game of the season Saturday in Dallas, extending his goal-scoring streak to four games.
Moulson leads all Islanders with 13 goals and ranks third on the team with 19 points. His plus-2 rating and three game-winning goals are also team highs. Last season, Moulson posted his second-straight 30-goal season with the Islanders, finishing with 31 goals and 22 assists.
The Islanders acquired Moulson as a free agent in 2009 and agreed to terms on a three-year deal in January, 2011. The Los Angeles Kings selected Moulson in the ninth round (263rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The first star recognition is a nice compliment to a player that has made himself one of the most consistent Islanders forwards for the past 2 1/4 seasons. The press release already notes where Moulson stands amongst his Islanders teammates, but what it doesn't say is where he ranks amongst the other top goal scorers of the NHL.
Phil Kessel, Steven Stamkos and Claude Giroux are in a three-way tie for first in the league in the goal scoring department with 16, just three better than Moulson. His 13 goals place him in the top-10 category, holding the ninth spot with one more goal than Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A four-goal game can obviously change a lot for anyone's stats, but it's great to see that #26 is getting the recognition he deserves. After all, he and his line-mates are responsible for a lot of the success their team has had so far this season. Hopefully Matty can continue his hot streak into tomorrow night's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Speaking of tomorrow night, Kevin Poulin and Tim Wallace have been recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. With Rick DiPietro nursing a groin injury and Andrew MacDonald and Jay Pandolfo being placed on the Injured Reserve, the Islanders were forced to use their depth charts in order to keep their line-up full. Most Islanders fans are familiar with Poulin after last season, but Wallace, 27, was signed by the Islanders as a free agent this summer. He currently leads the Sound Tigers with 20 points in 24 games this season (nine goals, 11 assists).