"It's weird!" - This was Matt Moulson's post-game answer when asked how it felt to win a game in regulation on the road.
Well, it should feel weird considering that the Islanders have gone to over-time or the shoot-out in their past three away games. From 3 points, to 4, to now 6 points taken out of a possible 8 and the team moves to 7-2-2 in their past 11 games.
Not to shabby for a young and inexperienced team.
You watch a game like tonight and you can seriously see what a difference goaltending makes. Dwayne Roloson made several remarkable saves and wins another one for the Isles in superb fashion. It's such a great luxury to have a reliable back-up like Roly the Goalie to step in when we need him.
As a whole, Roloson and Biron are a much more reliable and sturdy tandem than MacDonald and Danis were. We can only hope that DP will return in all-star form to continue on with this team's success.
And of course, kudos to Matt Moulson for being in the right place at the right time not once, but twice tonight. Hell, I'll even say three times since he almost scored a hat-trick. Well, sort of...if he had another step he may have been able to steal Tavares' goal, but he's just that nice of a teammate now isn't he?
Matt has seriously been one of the best bright spots in the league. He has 10 goals scored and as Howie Rose put it, has virtually come out of nowhere and emerged as one of the Isles most consistent forwards.
I will also state, as I have in many blogs lately, that Jack Hillen continues to impress me. I loved the way he carried the puck along the boards, fended off a defenseman, and got the puck in front that led to Moulson's first goal of the game.
The Islanders head home for a bit of a break before heading back out on the road to face the Minnesota Wild on Friday at 8 PM. If they keep playing as well as they have lately, it won't be absurd to think that this may be one of the most successful November's that the Isles have played in a few years.