Wild 6, Islanders 0: Matt Moulson Shines in First Game Against Isles Since October Trade

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It was a fitting performance for Matt Moulson in his first trip back to Long Island since being traded by the Islanders in October.

Moulson scored two goals in the Minnesota Wild’s  6-0 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night. Five different Wild players scored, with Moulson scoring the game’s first as well as final goal. Former Islander Nino Niederreiter also got his name on the score sheet with an assist on Jared Spurgeon’s goal.

“I was pretty nervous before the game,” Moulson told reporters from his stall in the visiting locker room at Nassau Coliseum. A place that has been alien to him up until now. “I don’t think I slept a minute during pre-game nap today. It was an emotional one coming back here obviously. It was tough at the start for me to really get my mind into it, but getting that first goal kind of calmed me down.”

That first goal came at 12:23 of the opening period. Moulson was able to sneak a shot by Anders Nilsson from in front of the net to put the Wild up 1-0, and then flashed an all too familiar celebration.

Spurgeon scored nearly four minutes later to give the Wild a 2-0 lead over the Isles. Mikael Grunlund made it 3-0 late in the second period and Clayton Stoner pushed the Minnesota lead to four after scoring on a breakaway 4:56 into the third. Justine Fontaine scored moments later and Moulson scored his second of the night on the power play at 16:34.

The loss was the fourth time the Islanders have been shutout this season by an opponent.

“I thought we played a good first period,” Islander coach Jack Capuano said. “We were physical. We were doing some things the way we want to play. We played a north-south game and then after that we started playing as individuals. We didn’t manage the puck very well.”

Despite outshooting the Wild 36-22 through three periods, which included a 16-6 shot advantage in the first, the Islanders could not find a way to score. The Islanders had some scoring chances, but failed to really pressure Minnesota for most of the game.

However, most of the night was focused on Moulson and how he would handle his first game against his former team. It’s safe to say it was a successful return for the three-time 30 goal scorer.

And the Coliseum faithful welcomed him back with cheers during introductions, after each time he scored and with a “We Want Moulson” chant near the end of the game.

“Coming back you don’t know what the receptions is going to be like, but nothing but good things from my time here with the fans and the people. It’s a great feeling when something like that happens and I appreciate [Islander fans] just as much as they were showing out there. I have a big place in my heart for this place,” said Moulson.




140 comments
Vicp73
Vicp73

Snow really put this team behind the 8-ball, any of you who still support this guy should really read up on next season' entry draft. It's considered to be the deepest in years. The top 3 (McDavid,Hanifin,Eichel) Are being already labelled as franchise players. Imagine Buffalo may have a chance at 2 of those guys thanks to Garth.  There was a reason teams this year were not offering up 1st round picks for Amac and Vanek. 

dimaio34
dimaio34

And if they trade Johnny at the draft. That will be the end of the franchise. And don't think it can't happen!!! Look what Harold Ballard did. Traded lanny sittler palmateer pocklinton traded Gretzky. And Montreal traded Patrick Roy. So im not saying they will but......

dimaio34
dimaio34

Ok so after last night which was the final straw. I hate to say this but it's now time for fans to stay home. Never thought I would say this but the message has to be sent. If we only get 3500 fans for the next game and then it goes down from there the media is going to pick it up and Garth and Wang will look like buffons!!! And that's what we want from now on. Keep the place empty for the rest of the year.

justintime
justintime

@Jason Zimmermann Yeah understandable, I wish I could forget Milbury too.  I remember being so excited when Wang bought the team in 2000, I thought for sure he would fire MIlbury.


There was so much evidence of Milbury's incompetence that I thought a new owner would start fresh.  Milbury ruined a potential perrenial contender once before Wang and once with Wang.  Both times they had so much young talent to build on.  

Milbury somehow convincned Wang to keep him on, he knew how to put the blame somewhere else always. He blamed the unstable ownership and no budget for his first few failures.  The truth was his impatience in trading off the young talent was the real reason that team didn't work out from 95-2000...


That team had a really exciting future, if left alone. The defense especially could have been real special for years. The offense led by Ziggy and at the time a struggling Bertuzzi could have been pretty good too.  Even the third line kid line of Green/Dalgarno and Mcinnis looked real good at the time.

On top of that, we had countless prospects including 4 first round picks in one year and Luongo/Brewer 4th and fifth overall in 97.  The future was really bright with tons of young talent already on the team.  Milbury ruined it all.


I would argue(besides Tavares) the future looked much brighter then than currently.

Hopefully Snow is not allowed to do what Milbury did, I do see it coming if he is allowed to stay on.

CaptainT
CaptainT

capuano's idea of physical has to be getting as close to the other teams players as possible without touching them. u wanna see physical go watch a playoff team. "i thought we played a physical 1st period". yea ok crappy

jepliberty
jepliberty

Ryan Miller the blues goalie has a 7- 0 - 1 record, and a 1.61 gaa since he joined that team, I wonder what his record would be if  he was with the Islanders, probably like  1- 6 -1 that says a lot about this teams D.

Shannon Falotico
Shannon Falotico

Breaking news 6 months from now.. Andy hilbert and John sim are in contract negotiation's with Garth snow right now. Agents for both players say deals will be finalized today.Wait what's that....mark eaton has signed as well...

Reinhard sent to Bridgeport ....

ivo
ivo

snow has gone full out Milbury and Maloney this year!

mrcisback
mrcisback

  There is really not much left for Islander fans to look forward to the rest of the season. The only intrigue is if the Islanders can get the #1 or #2 spot in the draft and pick either Sam Reinhart or Aaron Ekblad. Garth Snow has really let us down beginning from the non moves in the off season i.e. not getting a decent goaltender right through 3 or 4 very bad consecutive moves this season. The most recent Vanek trade blunder was as bad as it gets. In my opinion it will take a long time for Snow to gain any credibility back with most Islander fans if at all. And please no more evaluating of Nilsson as a goaltender because he's not the answer. He's even worse then DiPietro.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Snow's real calling in life was to be the captain of a Malaysian airliner.  

ny711ot
ny711ot

Garth

Man up...

Publicly Admit your mistake.

Apologize to the fans and Moulson.

And after watching pos Vanek for three months I'd rather you make your free agent pitch to MM...

And all will be forgiven...


bubbamac19
bubbamac19

And then, depression set in....

What's really left to say? We all know what they lack. We all have a pretty good idea that there may be no repercussions for management and coaches. Many teams take a step back after making the playoffs, but this is far, far more than a step back.

Timothy John
Timothy John

Are you serious about isles trading JT? All to move up in the draft to acquire the brother of a kid who hasn't played one game in an isles jersey yet? That's some real good logic there.

Now speaking of the draft, I disagree Ekblad is taken by buffalo. They already have some very decent d-man prospects. They want flash and goal scorers now. They're pretty well set up on the blue line for the future.

dkdk
dkdk

Garth resign and all will be forgiven.

erika
erika

@ny711ot Seriously doubt Garth has that kind of character to actually do that. Wish he would surprise us in a good way for a change!

Don22
Don22

@ny711ot What GM has ever admitted a mistake?  At least not while he was still with the team where said mistake happened.  He's not fessing up to anything.  He will just say it was a move that didn't work out how they hoped and line up some excuses why.

John Richards
John Richards

Moulson will not be signed nor will he even be persued by this team!! They never intended to resign him last year which is why the trade was made!! Everything is done on the cheap and that's why this rebuild(haha) is going nowhere!!

Don22
Don22

@bubbamac19 In my opinion a team follows the lead of it's goalie.  There were a few goals where Nilsson was left out to dry, but he constantly has WTF goals.  I get playing him - they need to see what he has and Nabby hasn't played much better.  But the team has more confidence with Nabby back there.


I can't see how they don't change GM and coaches after this season.  I'm just not confident it will happen.  IF Wang decides to make a GM change, he HAS to bring someone in way before the draft in June.  Someone has to come in with a clear plan.  I truly think the groundwork has been laid, but someone needs to be able to come in and stabilize this team and bring some leadership in.

dkdk
dkdk

Snow is acting as a GM too so it is a rather fitting typo

tag1
tag1

@dkdk I was listening to the NHL network on xm in the car today and watched NHL Live tonight and both mentioned the "We want Moulson" chants from last night and both shows sympathized with Isles fans and what we are going through and nobody on there made any excuses for wang/snow. I think what happened last night was better than a walkout

erika
erika

@Don22 @ny711otHe does not have to admit a mistake, just offer Moulson something reasonable and see if he bites.

tag1
tag1

@John Richards I heard snow is trying to get Pandolfo and Chelios out of retirement for next season.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Don22

Wang will bring in a new GM, to impliment  another of Wang's own plans, not the new GMs plan, and that is how it has gone since he bought this team.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Don22 Totally agree. Nilsson is the pits. 6'7" and spends more time on his knees than a $2 hooker. Frankly, I cannot understand how he has made it this far.

And I agree about the GM and coach; they should go, need to go, must go. But I've no confidence that these obvious changes will be made - and you're right - they should happen well before draft day. Today would be a good starting point!

dkdk
dkdk

Now that is one heck of a difference Jason .... Still waiting to see what chucks boy Garth is good at

dkdk
dkdk

I will make it easy for you guys, neither are any good. But snow is here now (unfortunately) and mm has been gone for almost 10 years. The biggest worry I have is snows tenure will be as long as mm's.

justintime
justintime

@Jason Zimmermann @justintime@Chris R@ivoAre you serious? Were you around for the Kasparitis,Berard,Bertuzzi,Mccabe deals before Wang even got there? That is just of the top of my head, I'm sure there were more before Wang.


Many fans were calling for his head when Wang took over in 2000 and hoping Wang would fire him. Wang basically said screw you to the fans, the same way he is doing  now with Snow.

It was no surprise to me how terrible Milbury was with Wang, because I already saw it before.  Some fans defended Milbury and said he deserves a chance with a budget.

 Some of the same excuses you hear with Snow now. I'm not sure why some people take so long to see the truth, when it is right there in front of them?

Budget or no budget, a bad GM is a bad GM.

 

tag1
tag1

@Jason Zimmermann @ivo Not protecting Tom Fitzgerald for the expansion draft was a huge screw up by Maloney, I think he protected Mick Vukota but not Fitzgerald.

Don22
Don22

@dkdk LOL. Yeah, he probably would have.  My point is Vanek should just get over it.  He has tried to say the right things when he was here.  Why start throwing jabs now?  He needs to just move on.


When UFA opens, snow should tell him they will give him 10 mil for 7 and see his sphincter tighten up.  Then say he changed his mind.

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

Reality vs. Shill

Reality: Isles are bottom of the League in payroll - and use accounting gimmicks to reach the cap floor.

Shill: "Wang is throwing money around"

Reality: Snow gave us 3 years of DiPietro working off rust, followed by tolling Nabokov, and just watched as 12 goalies moved at the deadline.

Shill: "Snow will buy a goaltender in the off-season" "Isles are just a league average save percentage away from the Playoffs"

Reality: Snow traded Moulson, Vanek, possibly Connor McDavid, and a high 2nd Round pick for a Montreal throwaway

Shill: "Collberg was the #33 pick!"

dkdk
dkdk

tag .... You know every single writer in the country has a founded bias against the islanders.

dkdk
dkdk

Jason, even the first Vanek trade was an overpayment. Ironically Regier rips off snow and gets shown the door a week later. Snow turns one bad deal into one of the worst even and his seat isn't even lukewarm.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk The national hockey media has hammered snow for BOTH Vanek deals, some will never get it.

dkdk
dkdk

Shamwow ... And if you notice the timing of when wang stopped spending money coincides pretty closely with when he was ousted at CA and couldn't pilfer their tills there anymore.

dkdk
dkdk

There is always a way to try and make snow look good.

I never thought anyone could do worse than Pierre for Muller but Vanek, Moulson and a 1 for Colberg will be tough to top. And if the 1 becomes McDavid the babe Ruth deal could have some company.

tag1
tag1

@Don22 @dkdk Actually Don it ended up making snow look bad because he offered all that money and Vanek turned it down then he couldn't get a good deal for him at the deadline, how that makes snow look good escapes me.

dkdk
dkdk

Exactly sham .... And we are seeing that already with people saying Moulson isn't worth 5 per despite every guy with strings of 30 goal seasons get that. But even beyond that we are always scraping to get to the cap floor does it really make a difference if we give Matty a little more? I mean I know it will keep us out of the PMB and Regin Derbys but maybe we could survive without snows brilliant UFA signings.

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

But Snow presenting below market offer sheets to players proves Chuck is willing to "throw money around", doesn't it?

You know, the money he doesn't make because he loses 10, excuse me, 20M a year owning the Islanders. Yeah that money.

And when the players turn it down, of course they're "not worth that kind of money" anyway.

dkdk
dkdk

Yes but there is a difference in a true leak and a planted leak. You know snow wanted this out publicly so people would say WOW they offered 50M? Yes a paper offer to a guy they knew wouldn't take it. If he said yes my gut says wang would have SHYT himself.

Don22
Don22

@dkdk Contract offers get leaked all the time.  I'm not saying it should have happened, but it's not uncommon. Vanek is just ticked because it makes him look bad.  Probably why Garth did it. 

dkdk
dkdk

Just furthers the bush league vibe that he and wang have perfected.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk I'm sure snow has a great rep with the players and agents throughout the league, I said from the beginning nothing good will come out of leaking that info.

dkdk
dkdk

I didn't listen to xm tonight for the first time in awhile so I missed it. Great that they reported it though. The one thing you touched on but no one else seemed to was how Vanek was upset by the leaking of the offer (by snow) which is something that certainly wouldn't be welcomed by most high end players. Just another example of why no one with credentials wants to be here.

But if snow didn't have it leaked the dog and pony show wouldn't have been complete and there wouldn't be that "we had to try" theory. The only trying that took place was how to get rid of Moulson without paying him. Fortunately most of the fanbase see through it. MOST OF THE FANBASE.

Don22
Don22

@erika @Don22@ny711otWhat is reasonable though?  My gut is he is going to look for at least 5 mil per, if not more.  Someone will probably be willing to give him 6.

John Richards
John Richards

Right after he calls ray borque and dale hawerchuck!!

Don22
Don22

@isles23 He goes down to his knees, but then stays down.  I used to play goal like that in grade school floor hockey because nobody could raise the puck.  Go down, make the save and then get back up already!


Lots of issues with Reimer in TOR. I said earlier I don't think he can be the answer, but worth a shot if the price is right.

tag1
tag1

@bubbamac19 You can't understand how he made it this far?? Here's a clue


snow, garth GM

isles23
isles23

@bubba, I don't mind how he goes down, Lundquist goes down a lot too, but he hunches over and doesn't use his hole frame. As many things with this team that could be corrected with good coaching.