Moulson's streak stays intact
Web linksRecent Islanders photo galleries
Granted, the 27-year-old Moulson, who has played in each of the Islanders' 110 games in his two seasons with the team, would have to weather almost another 21/2 seasons without missing a game to catch Favre's mark of 297 straight starts. But Moulson, who leads the Islanders with 10 goals, showed the same gritty resolve as the iconic 41-year-old quarterback in his determination to battle through a left knee injury suffered in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Thrashers.
"I've always taken pride in playing through things," Moulson said. "I do whatever I can to help this team win. I always want to go out and contribute."
Moulson, who is the only Islander to play every game the last two seasons, suffered the knee injury after colliding with Thrashers defenseman Johnny Oduya on Oduya's second goal of the game at 7:03 of the third period.
"I just kind of hit him awkwardly," Moulson said. "I got a few texts that said it looked pretty bad. I think it looked worse than it was."
After skating off in obvious pain, Moulson returned later in the period.
"I think all that adrenaline helped," Moulson said after testing his knee during the team's morning skate.
The prospect of losing Moulson, who led the team with a breakout 30-goal performance last season, was a devastating possibility for the Islanders.
Decimated by injuries to key players throughout the season, the Islanders entered last night's contest with 19 losses in their previous 20 games.
Although presumed to be an insurance policy in case of Moulson's absence, Bridgeport call-up Rhett Rakhshani made his NHL debut even with Moulson in the lineup (enforcer Trevor Gillies was scratched instead).
Rakhshani, who leads AHL rookies in scoring with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists), arrived just hours before the game after travel plans went awry.
The former University of Denver captain had his 6:30 p.m. flight from Boston to Nashville (connecting through Atlanta) canceled Sunday because of inclement weather. After an overnight stay in a local hotel with defenseman Dylan Reese, a fellow call-up, the two arrived at 1 p.m. yesterday.
"Everything went smoothly this morning. We had a quick flight to Nashville and here I am," the 22-year-old winger said before the game.
Fortunately, Rakhshani's parents, Steve and Joan, were able to make the trip from Huntington Beach, Calif., without any complications. They were on hand at Bridgestone Arena to witness their son's first NHL game.
"I'm excited about the potential of it. I want to just go out there and enjoy it all, have fun and soak it all in," Rakhshani said before the game.
"I just want to put all the nerves aside and play my game," he said. "Hopefully, there will be a lot of skating and I'll be making some plays with the puck and showing some creativity out there."