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Moulson gets Texas-size hat trick as Isles nip Stars

Dec 4, 2011 - 8:10 AM
Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Matt Moulson scored a career-best four goals, lifting the New York Islanders to a 5-4 win over the Dallas Stars.

Dylan Reese tallied the other goal for the Islanders, who got three assists from P.A. Parenteau in their third win in four outings.

Rick DiPietro started in net for New York, but left the game after the second period with a groin injury. He allowed four goals on 21 shots before exiting.

Al Montoya came on to stop all 13 shots he saw in the third period.

Jake Dowell, Tom Wandell, Eric Nystrom and Tomas Vincour tallied for Dallas, which got 22 saves from Andrew Raycroft in defeat.

"We made a lot of mistakes, especially at the blue lines, and it cost us goals," Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said.

Moulson put home a pair of rebounds in the first period to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

Reese flicked a wrister on net from the high point, which fooled Raycroft to give New York a 3-0 cushion early in the second period.

Vincour, Nystrom and Dowell then scored three straight goals in a two-minute span to tie the game at three, 5:30 into the second period.

Moulson's hat-trick tally came just 27 seconds later. John Tavares made a backhanded feed to Moulson, who one-timed it home from a sharp angle just right of the net.

Wandell tied it at four with a slap shot from the high point with 3:52 remaining in the second.

Moulson's fourth goal gave New York the lead with under three minutes left in the second. The Islanders moved in on a 2-on-1 break, and Parenteau dished to Moulson, who buried it home into the empty net from inside the left circle.

"You can score as many goals as you want, but if you lose it doesn't really mean much," Moulson said. "I'm just happy we held on in the third. It was a good team win."

Game Notes

Moulson has 13 goals this season...The Islanders head home to take on the Lightning on Tuesday, while the Stars travel to San Jose to take on the Sharks on Thursday.