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Moulson Ice- Hat trick helps cool off Atlanta

December 4, 2009

Matt Moulson celebrates one of his three goals on the night

 

For the second time in as many games, the Islanders defeated the dangerous and dynamic Atlanta Thrashers 4-1 in the ATL Thursday night.  The story of the game was Matt Moulson and his first ever NHL hat-trick.  Moulson now has two mult-goal games this season and leads the team with 14 goals. 

“It was good,” Moulson said. “My dad said he’d lock me out if I didn’t score or we didn’t get a win.”

Moulson insisted his family is not very “sappy” and that instead he was trying to escape a stern admonishment if he left the building without the third goal.

“I was thinking, ‘He’s going to kill me if I don’t get that hat trick,” Moulson joked.

“It’s great for him,” coach Scott Gordon said after the game. “He’s doing all the right things and he’s being justly rewarded.”

John Tavares’ 11th goal, scored into an empty net with one second remaining, made it 4-1.

The Thrashers scored first when Slava Kozlov beat Isles goalie Dwayne Roloson from in close for his fifth goal at 9:01 of the opening period.

“We lost a game at home again. We need to fight a little more for those two points in our building,” goalie Ondrej Pavelec said of the Thrashers, 6-6-2 in Atlanta.

Moulson tied it just under two minutes in to the second period.  Moulson’s second goal came when he skated in alone on Pavelec at 15:46 of the period and beat him for a power-play goal.  He finished his first NHL hat trick at 13:09 of the third period to give New York a 3-1 edge.

“I thought it was the best 60 minutes that we played in such a tight game,” Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. “He [Moulson] was certainly doing all the right things. He was justly rewarded. He’s always going to get chances. He does not beat himself with poor puck decisions.”

The Islanders will resume play Saturday night in Tampa against the Lightning.  Game time is 7:30 pm.

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