Islanders 4: Bruins 1
You can call him Mighty Matt.
At least, that's the term of affection those on the social networking website Twitter have come to adopt for the young winger, who has come from relative anonymity to stun as the top goalscorer on the Islanders. No one would think this guy would even make a dent, and here he is, sinking holes-and scoring goals- nearly every game.
Last night, as the game went underway, the popular hashtag among Isles fans on Twitter was #MightyMattMoulson. A hashtagged phrase is when a user, any user, puts the # symbol before a phrase in hopes that others will start using it, thus creating a "trending topic." All tweeting lessons aside, #MightyMattMoulson caught relative fire, and for good reason. He scored twice last night, and almost scored another for the hat trick were it not for a subtle redirection by John Tavares. Trent Hunter also scored an empty-netter, while Dwayne Roloson was nothing short of incredible last night with 28 saves, only allowing a goal by Daniel Paille. He was also superb on the penalty kill, making several amazing stops to keep the Bruins off the board. To tell you the truth, I don't know who was bigger last night, him or Moulson. Either way, incredible effort by the both of them to get the Islanders a win. They definitely wrote the story last night.
Tuukka Rask for the Bruins, meanwhile, was good but not as good as he needed to be, making 17 saves of 20 shots against the Isles. Though the Bruins pressured a lot on their forecheck and got some good opportunities, they couldn't thwart Roloson completely. The defense also stepped up, with some great individual efforts coming from Freddy Meyer, Bruno Gervais, Andy Sutton and call-up Andrew MacDonald (in for Brendan Witt, who left the team for personal reasons). If the Isles did take a few more penalties than they should have, then they were extremely lucky the PK was able to hold up like it did, mainly on the shoulders (and pads, and glove) of Roloson. Also a shoutout to Richard Park- the guy had assists on three of the four goals scored last night, making me think that maybe having him on this line with Moulson and Tavares is beneficial.
Overall, though it got kind of sloppy in spots, this was a well-deserved win for the Isles without the second-period breakdowns that had become so common in the last three or four games. The fans on Twitter were certainly loving it, and so was I. Now it's off to Minnesota on Friday night, leaving us without the Isles for a few days (but hey, at least it's not a Wednesday night game... *shudders*). On a side note, here's to hoping all is well with Witter, whatever his personal reasons may be.
LET'S GO ISLANDERS!!!
P.S. Credit goes to Dee- @7thWoman and an Isles blogger- and Matt Clausen, @mattclausen on Twitter, for the coining of "Mighty Matt Moulson." I'm not exactly sure who came up with it originally, but I'll just let you both share. :D
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Islanders 4: Bruins 1