Former Kings forward Matt Moulson leads the Islanders with 26 goals this season. Moulson started strong, dipped a bit in the middle of the season but now has three goals in his last five games. Moulson is obviously familiar with the Kings, and with goalie Jonathan Quick in particular. This summer, Moulson will marry the sister of Quick’s wife, Jaclyn.
“We’re good buddies,” Quick said. “It’s pretty cool, the way it worked out. We get along with each other, and it’s pretty cool.”
Asked if he has communicated with Moulson at all this season, Quick said, “A little bit. Obviously throughout the year, you keep tabs on him and see how he’s doing. I talk to him here and there. I think he’s looking forward to playing me and I’m looking forward to playing him, so it will be a fun game to play.”
It wasn’t easy to see this type of scoring burst coming from Moulson. He started last season as the Kings’ first-line right winger, but had one goal in seven games before being sent down to Manchester, where he had 21 goals in 54 games. Terry Murray talked about Moulson’s strong season…
MURRAY: “Outstanding. He actually scored a couple times with us here. I remember the one goal. I don’t know who it was against, but he came down the left wing and beat the goaltender high, glove side, top corner. It was a great goal and it was an important goal at that time. So he always showed, in the few games that he played here, a pretty good sense in the offensive part of the game. Now he’s getting an opportunity and he’s leading their team in goals and playing well.
“So what’s he doing? He’s getting his opportunity to play on a consistent basis, at the start, with Tavares. They had nice chemistry going from the very beginning. I know he’s moved around a little bit recently, but he continues to go to the net. He’s got a good stick around the net. He scored against us in the Island, just on a low-slot rebound, get it back to the net attitude. That’s the old Phil Esposito attitude. Just look for the garbage goals. But man, do they ever count.”