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Matt Moulson is the NHL’s First Star of the Week

Dec 5, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

Matt Moulson

After scoring six goals in three games (including four against Dallas on Saturday), New York Islanders LW Matt Moulson was named the NHL’s first star of the week.

The four-goal outburst against Dallas was the defining moment of Moulson’s week, cementing him in Islander lore. He became just the third Islander to score four in a game since 1992-93 (joining the immortal Alexei Yashin and Viktor Kozlov) and is now the NHL’s 12th-leading goalscorer since the 2009-10 season. Yes, seriously. No, I’m not making it up. Over the last two seasons, Moulson has put more pucks in the net than Rick Nash, Dany Heatley, Jonathan Toews, Jeff Carter and Thomas Vanek. Check for yourself.

Second star of the week went to Ryan O’Reilly. (Not the character portrayed by Dean Winters in the HBO prison series “Oz”, in case you were wondering.) The Colorado center notched seven points last week (4G, 3A), recorded three multi-point games and finished with a plus-6 rating as the Avs went 3-0-1. As such, the 20-year-old now leads Colorado in scoring with 21 points in 27 games.

Third star went to LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. This marks the second weekly honor Quick’s received — he was named the NHL’s first star back on Oct. 24 — and the second time he’s posted a ridiculously-low GAA. Quick’s goals-against average was 0.50 last week; he also won both his starts and posted a .987 save percentage. Quick now leads the NHL in shutouts (four), ranks second in save percentage and fourth in GAA.

  1. govtminion - Dec 5, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Caption: “Matt Moulson stars in: Machete 2…”

  2. bcisleman - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    When the Islanders first drafted Matt in the summer of 2009, I was excited by what I read about him in Hockey’s Future. He seemed the ideal linemate for JT. I had read that JT was supposed to be another Espo and I thought that Matt and maybe Kyle Okposo could be JT’s Cashman and Hodge.

    When I broached that idea with one sports writer, he dismissed the possibility, saying that the Islanders would be crazy to put a 9th round pick on a line with their #1 overall. He also rejected the notion that Matt would ever match Cashman’s stats. I have been keeping count and, for the record, Matt has 197 goals to go to match Cashman.

    A Kings beat writer was even more dismissive. Matt had been given every chance to make the Kings roster by GM Dean Lombardi and had not shown that he could do anything well according to this report. Given Matt’s scoring proficiency and the Kings’ offensive struggles, Lombardi has undoubtedly had many occasions to regret his decision.

    Matt is just one more example (others include Mark Streit, Michael Grabner, PA Parenteau, and Al Montoya) of how Garth Snow steals other GMs lunch money. Yet somehow Garth is dismissed as an incompetent boob by many. Go figure!

    • Mike Halford - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Didn’t Pittsburgh draft him like 300th overall in 2003?

      • bcisleman - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        263rd actually just after Enstrom and Byfuglien and just before Halak and Elliott.

  3. Mike Halford - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Yeah, the late rounds in that draft were insane. Pavelski went 205, Shane O’Brien went 250 and David Jones 288.

    • bcisleman - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      The way you know an organization is headed in the right direction is when it consistently picks winners in the later rounds as the Isles have been doing under Garth.

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