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Isles-Kings games tense for brothers-in-law

by Emily Kaplan /
When Matt Moulson scored two goals against the Kings last season to propel the Islanders to a 3-0 win on Feb. 19, the New York forward experienced an emotion besides elation.

While Moulson was happy to lead the Islanders to victory, he also sympathized with Los Angeles' goaltender, Jonathan Quick.

That's because to Moulson, Quick is more than just an opposing goalie. He's also his brother-in-law.

And Moulson, New York's 27-year-old rising star, knows that Quick was about to be the brunt of most jokes at the next family dinner.

"I felt bad for Quickie, because I don't think anyone shows any of the stops he made on me or the shutout he got against us last year," Moulson said Wednesday while sitting alongside Quick in an interview with "It's kind of a lose-lose for him. I don't think it's bragging rights, because personally I take into consideration all the times he stopped me, so I don't really brag about it."

It's a different story for Alicia and Jaclyn -- Matt and Jonathan's wives.

Alicia and Jaclyn are sisters, and Moulson describes them as "much more intense than us."

"It's better off only having to face him once or twice a year. Because there's a lot of tension going into those two games." -- Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on facing brother-in-law, Matt Moulson

It's no coincidence that the sisters are both married to men in the NHL. Quick grew up with Alicia and Jaclyn, whose maiden name is Backman, in Connecticut. He played youth hockey with their brother for several years, and their father was his hockey coach for "eight or nine" years.

When Quick began to date Jaclyn -- at the time Quick and Moulson were both playing for the Kings -- Alicia came up to visit.

"And it was love at first sight," Moulson said, with a smile. 

Now, Moulson and his wife live in Connecticut near the Backman family -- where they have family dinners most Sunday nights -- while Quick and his wife reside in Los Angeles.

And according to Quick, it's probably better that way.

"It's good for me because I'm away from the situation," Quick said. "He scores two goals, I fly away to L.A. and I don't have to hear about it from there. They're right around the corner from him. So if I shut him out, he has to hear about it for probably the next four Sunday dinners."

Still, Quick and Moulson talk a good amount during the regular season.

Quick said that if he sees Moulson put up two goals against someone else, he'll shoot his brother-in-law a text to congratulate him. Moulson will often do the same, if he sees Quick post a shutout.

Yet that's about the extent of their hockey-related conversations. Quick said the two usually don't exchange tips about common opponents, or things like that.

And it's probably a good thing that they don't play in the same division -- or conference, for that matter -- Quick said.

"It's better off only having to face him once or twice a year," Quick said. "Because there's a lot of tension going into those two games."
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