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Moulson has 2 goals, assist in return to Long Island; Bryzgalov earns shutout in Wild win

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Moulson has 2 goals, assist in return to Long Island; Bryzgalov earns shutout in Wild win

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Matt Moulson scored twice and had three points in his first game against the Islanders since being traded earlier this season, and Ilya Bryzgalov was solid in making 36 saves as the Minnesota Wild made the most of 22 shots and beat New York 6-0 on Tuesday night.

Moulson, an impending free agent dealt by the Islanders to Buffalo in October before being shipped to Minnesota at the trade deadline, scored the first of the Wild's two goals in the opening period and their third in the final frame.

Jared Spurgeon, a sixth-round pick of the Islanders in the 2008 draft, made it 2-0. Mikael Granlund pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second, defenceman Clayton Stoner scored his first goal of the season on a breakaway in the third, and Justin Fontaine was credited with a goal after a video review to make it 5-0.

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