UNIONDALE, N.Y. --
Three days after the biggest game of his NHL career, New York Islanders
forward Matt Moulson
was still all smiles.
"It was a lot of fun -- one of those games where everything seemed to bounce my way," Moulson said after Tuesday's morning skate before the Islanders' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning
. "My linemates obviously made some unbelievable plays as well."
Moulson became the first player this season to score four in a game when he did it Saturday night in Dallas, helping the Islanders beat the Stars 5-4. Linemates John Tavares
and PA Parenteau
each had three assists.
The 28-year-old said he had a sense after his second goal in the first period that Saturday could be a special night.
"After the second one -- I'm still trying to figure out how it bounced like it did, right to me for the open net," he said. "After that, I said 'maybe things are bouncing my way tonight.'"
The big night gave Moulson six goals in three games, earning him the NHL's First Star of the Week -- and giving him bragging rights over his brother-in-law, Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick
, who earned the Third Star.
"I told him bronze is all right," Moulson said with a laugh.
On a more serious note, he said the honor was a testament to his linemates.
"They've been playing great," he said. "All the goals I got during the week were a result of some pretty great plays by them."
Said Tavares: "It's a pretty great honor. He deserves it. [In Dallas] Mollie was right in the right spots, finding those loose pucks -- and he's not going to miss those too often."