In perhaps their most solid effort of the season, the New York Islanders went into Boston on Monday night and pounded the Bruins, 4-1.
The Isles have earned a point on all four games of their road trip (2-0-2) and are 3-0-2 in their last five overall.
On to the trick:
1. Matt Moulson scored twice to become the first Islander to reach double-digit goals with 10. His second goal, with 1:11 left in the middle session, proved to be the winner. Moulson has four goals in the last five games and he nearly had a fifth. John Tavares was credited with a goal that went in off the skate of Matt Hunwick. Hunwick's deflection denied Moulson the chance to become the first Islander to ever record a hat trick in Boston. The Isles have five hat tricks against the Bruins, including two in the playoffs, but all came at the Coliseum.
2. Daniel Paille had the Bruins' goal, which needed video review to confirm. Paille now has scored in consecutive games after not scoring in his first 13 with Boston.
3. Trent Hunter finished the scoring with an empty-net goal, securing the Isles first regulation win on the road this season and only the seventh regulation win in 53 road games under Scott Gordon. You have to go back to Jan. 22, 2008 (Isles 6, Carolina 3) to find another road game that the Islanders won by at least three goals, making this the most lopsided road win of the Gordon era.
4. The Isles have scored at least four goals in five straight games. It's the first time they've done that since 1993, when they scored four in seven consecutive games from Dec. 11 to Dec. 26. They've scored at least four in each of the four games on this trip; it's the first time since December 1983 that the Isles have had four straight games on the same road trip in which they scored at least four goals.
5. Richard Park assisted on the first three goals, tying his career high. Park has earned five assists in the last three games.
6. As the score suggests, it was a strong night for the Islanders' defense. Mark Streit led the Isles with 28:35 of ice time, blocking four shots. Bruno Gervais was plus-three and Andy Sutton was plus-two with six hits. Andy MacDonald, making his season debut for the Isles, was plus-one as he played 11:44 in his fourth NHL game.
7. John Tavares now has a five-game point streak (4-4-8). He is the second NHL rookie to have a streak of at least five games this season. (Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly had a seven-game streak in October.)
8. The Isles have earned at least one point in 11 of Roloson's 12 starts (6-1-5) and are 6-0-3 in his last nine starts. He has made 12 appearances, more than any goalie who has one or fewer losses. Roloson, who made 28 saves, has played in four of the last five Islander games.
9. The Isles have earned points in 11 of their last 13 games (7-2-4) and are 9-3-4 since their 0-3-3 start. Their 8-6-7 record gives them 23 points in the season's first 21 games; they had 23 points last season through 34 games. The Isles are also two games over NHL .500 for the first time since they were 32-30-7 after losing to the Rangers on March 6, 2008.
10. It was the Isles' first win in Boston after six straight losses (0-4-2), dating back to a shootout win on Jan. 11, 2007. The Isles all broke a seven-game losing streak to Boston overall (0-6-1) with their first win over the Bruins since Nov. 24, 2007. The season series is even at a game each, with the Isles holding a three-to-two point edge. The teams have two meetings left, both on Long Island (Dec. 12 and March 6).
Up next: The Isles will look to extend the point streak to six for the first time under Scott Gordon when the road trip continues on Friday in Minnesota against the Wild. The Isles are 3-6-1 all-time against the Wild and have lost four straight (0-3-1). They've won only once ever in St. Paul, on Dec. 19, 2002, but are only 0-1-1 in Minnesota since then.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick