Audio: Islanders Matt Moulson named NHL ‘First Star of the Week’

Islanders left winger Matt Moulson talks to reporters (LIR Photo by Jim Mancari)

WRHU’s Corey Cross-Hansen talks hockey with Matt Moulson by Long Island Report

To say that New York Islanders left winger Matt Moulson is on fire would be an understatement.

After scoring seven goals in his last four games—including four goals in a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars on Dec. 3, Moulson was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week.

When he heard he received the honor, Moulson joked that he should have scored even more than four goals in the game against Dallas.

“I had another open net in the first, so maybe I should have had six,” he said.

Islanders left winger Matt Moulson talks to reporters (LIR Photo by Jim Mancari)

Islanders left winger Matt Moulson talks to reporters (LIR Photo by Jim Mancari)

Moulson gave most of the credit to his teammates and linemates for setting him up for goals over the past few games.

“[Mark] Streit had a great shot…P.A. [Parenteau] made an unbelievable pass on the fourth one, so I’ll take four open nets any day of the week,” Moulson said.

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano praised not only Moulson but also his linemates—Parenteau and John Tavares—for their recent strong play.

“We’ve gotten a lot of scoring from the line, so we’re going to need secondary scoring for sure to continue getting two to three goals a night,” said Capuano.

Tavares has actually been held without a goal since Nov. 5, but he has racked up nine assists over that stretch. His teammates, especially defenseman Travis Hamonic, are confident that Tavares will “light up the lamp” soon.

“He’s [Tavares] our best player on the ice,” said Hamonic. “He’s going to get his goals, and when he does, they’re going to come in bunches.”

But in the meantime, Moulson has picked up the slack and leads the Islanders with 13 goals. The Isles will open a three-game homestand starting Dec. 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, followed by games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins.