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The Islanders sit at the bottom of the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-11-5. This past week of games have proven that the Islanders can pull off wins against the right teams, when they need them. Now is the time to need them.
Coming off of a tough week, the Islanders finally found their groove again. Matt Moulson scored the first goal on the road in Buffalo which lead to their eventually victory. Brian Rolston scored the game winner for the teams second road win this season. Al Montoya was back in the net and looked to impress. Montoya saved 23 out of 24 shots taken and looked incredible doing so. Montoya helped kill off a 5 on 3 penalty late in the game to help his team take the win.
Okposo, Parenteau, Moulson, Neidereitter. That was the order the Islanders scored in. Yeah, that’s right – they scored four goals in a game! The Blackhawks and the Islanders went toe to toe and the game was even all the way through eventually leading it to a shoot out. The game fell on the hands of Johnathan Toews of Chicago when he scored in the shootout on Montoya for the two points.
The Islanders played big and came out with only one point. The momentum didn’t stop there, as going the distance with the 2010 Stanley Cup Champions carried in to their next game.
Matt Moulson. There is nothing else that could be said about this game besides Matt Moulson. For the first time this season, a player in the NHL had a four goal game. That man was Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders with his crazy mustache. Moulson was named the NHL’s number one star of the week. We shall dub this the “Matt-Trick” since the “Ovechtrick” is impossible. Also scoring in the game to help the Islanders take the lead was Bridgeport Sound Tiger, Dylan Reese, who was recently recalled from the AHL affiliate. Rick DiPietro let in four goals in the second period and looked as good as usual (sarcasm). In the third DiPietro left the game with a groin injury which allowed Al Montoya to come in and make the save. Montoya let in no goals and the Islanders took the 5-4 win, once again on the road.
The Islanders momentum is building and they are back in the hunt. The season is nowhere near over and the Islanders need to keep rolling to make something happen for June. Tonight, the Islanders take on the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Islanders beat the Lightning at home 5-1 back in October but the Lightning took revenge on home ice during their last meeting, 4-1.