Bout of flu ends Matt Moulson's game streak at 284

Matt Moulson of the Islanders looks on late Matt Moulson of the Islanders looks on late in a game against the Ottawa Senators. (March 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Matt Moulson missed Saturday night's game with the flu, ending his streak at 284 consecutive games played -- or every one since he became an Islander before the 2009-10 season.

Moulson had been battling illness since Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss in Washington, where he sat out the morning skate but still played. He hasn't skated since and wasn't able to make it into the lineup for the first time in his Isles career.

Moulson's iron-man streak was the third-longest in Islanders history, trailing Billy Harris (576 games) and Bob Nystrom (301). Now the longest current streak is held by Moulson's longtime linemate, John Tavares, who played his 198th consecutive game Saturday night.

Lee, Cooper old pals

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Anders Lee played his second NHL game Saturday after sitting out as a health scratch on Thursday in Washington.

And Lee saw a familiar face behind the Lightning bench. New Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper was Lee's coach with the Green Bay Gamblers of the U.S. Hockey League, the largest U.S.-based amateur league. Lee played one season for the Gamblers before being chosen in the sixth round of the 2009 draft by the Isles and then spending three years at Notre Dame.

"He's a great guy and I learned a lot from him in Green Bay," Lee said. "It's going to be strange, but there's been a lot of that so far."

Lee got in his first full practice with the Isles on Friday, only four days after signing a two-year contract.

Joensuu makes debut

Jesse Joensuu got in a game for the first time this season and first time since April 9, 2011. The 2006 second-round pick played the 2011-12 season in Sweden, signed again with the Isles for this season, played in his native Finland during the lockout, got hurt there, had sports hernia surgery in January and was on the team's suspended list until Tuesday.

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