By all accounts, last night’s game was a solid one for Oscar Moller, who picked up an assist and tied for the game high with five shots on goal in 16 minutes, 55 seconds, of ice time and, in general, showed a nose for the net and a strong intention to get the puck there. Moller had five minutes of power-play time and even recorded three hits. The challenge, of course, will be for Moller to maintain. One strong game, immediately after a minor-league call-up, isn’t abnormal. Doing it repeatedly, in a late-season playoff race, is a much difference challenge. I’ll have Terry Murray’s further thoughts on Moller’s play a bit later, but for now, here’s what Moller thought of last night’s game…
MOLLER: “I was pretty nervous before the game, about being in that more creative role, but after the first shift I settled in a little bit and the nerves went away a little bit and I felt more and more comfortable as the game went on, just trying to make plays and create chances.”
Question: And now the challenge is to keep doing it, right?
MOLLER: “I know. That’s probably the biggest thing for me, just to be consistent.”
Question: Given your experience, the transition isn’t huge, in terms of the system and what’s happening on the ice, right?
MOLLER: “No, not really. It’s pretty much the same as in Manchester. Sometimes it’s more structured up here. You know where guys are going all the time. So it wasn’t that much of an adjustment, I think.”