14 March 2012
Uniondale, NY -- Overshadowed by last night’s loss were the milestones set by Matt Moulson and John Tavares, who both scored their 30th goals of the season.
It’s very fitting that they would both hit the milestone on the same night. Both started with the Islanders the same year and have risen to fame playing on the same line as one another. Not to mention, they’ve known each other longer than they’ve been playing together.
For Moulson it was his third straight season reaching the 30-goal plateau, while for Tavares it was the first time in his career.
“I’ve always said, it’s more of a credit to the guys I play with,” Moulson said about reaching the milestone. “I’ve had the opportunity to play with Johnny for the last couple years, and PA, and Okie over the last three seasons. They’re great players and I’m not the type of guy that does a lot on my own. It’s got to be in the right place and those guys get puck there, so it’s a testament to that. Johnny is one of the best players in the league and it’s pretty easy playing with him and getting goals.”
Tavares was quick to compliment Moulson on his latest achievement.
“Since he got here three years ago no one expected a lot from him and…he’s come through a lot to get where he’s at,” he said about his friend and line mate. “Just his consistency and his ability to come through when we need him and…do a lot of little things. He blocks a lot of shots and he takes a beating in front of the net, but he sacrifices and that’s why he gets rewarded.”
The 21-year-old center said Moulson has helped relieve pressure off him when he’s in a tough matchup.
“He’s so great at getting his stick on pucks,” Tavares said. “Whether it’s in battles and especially in front. I know when I’m able to draw some pressure I can find him in front of the net and he’s going to be there to put them away. That’s what he’s been so good for me for is helping me relieve pressure when I’m seeing tough matchups and he’s able to capitalize on the open space.”
The 30-goal mark is a career high for Tavares, one that will likely be broken in the next several games, and one of the few bright spots to come out of last night’s game.
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