TORONTO – Matt Moulson continues to be a bright spot for the New York Islanders.
Moulson scored his club’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, giving him six in his past three games.
Moulson registered his power-play goal against Toronto by driving hard to the net and firing a loose puck that didn’t quite make it on goal on the original shot. It’s that type of play that Islanders coach Jack Capuano says has helped make Moulson successful.
“When you go to those areas like Matty does, you’re going to score goals,”Capuano said.“A lot of great goal-scorers do that and that’s what Matty does extremely well.
“If we had more guys who did that, they’d score some more goals, too. It’s his work ethic and his ability to get to those greasy areas.”
Moulson plays alongside sophomore centre John Tavares, who has also been hot of late, helping the Islanders win six of their past eight outings. The two share a chemistry that extends beyond their on-ice play.
“He’s an amazing player and he’s going to be a great player in this league for a lot of years,”Moulson said of Tavares, who leads the Islanders with 52 points.“We’re great friends off the ice, he’s become one of my best friends in my life.”
Despite their recent success, the Islanders are once again an extreme longshot to make the playoffs, sitting 12 points behind eighth-place Carolina in the Eastern Conference standings. But another losing season for New York has to rumours Moulson, who had 30 goals in his first campaign with the Islanders last season, might be moved prior to the Feb. 28 trade deadline. Adding to that was the 27-year-old was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
That was, though, before Moulson signed a three-year extension with the Islanders last month and acknowledged there’s a link between the added security he has and his current scoring surge.
“It just made me a lot more comfortable,”he said.“I knew this is where I wanted to be, so I was extremely happy about getting it done and I love coming to the rink and being a part of this team.”