Although the Islanders lost to Los Angeles, 2-1, Monday, former Kings prospect Matt Moulson got some satisfaction against his former team, scoring in the third period.

Moulson, who has developed good chemistry with Kyle Okposo and John Tavares on the first line, said he was more focused on helping the Islanders secure their first win of the season than on proving the Kings wrong.

But the matchup provided a little extra incentive for Moulson, who has two goals and two assists in four games this season.

"More so I want to win because we need a win,'' Moulson said before the game. "You can't have that be the driving force, but it's in the back of my mind a little bit. Any time a player is released or traded, there is a sense of wanting to prove the team wrong.''

Moulson said being demoted to the minors after making the Kings out of training camp last season was one of the toughest times in his career, but in retrospect, he is glad things worked out the way they did.


"Everything happens for a reason,'' he said, "and I couldn't be happier than where I am now.''

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Weight is back

Doug Weight, who missed both the season opener Oct. 3 and Saturday's game against Boston with a groin injury, returned to the lineup Monday.

"I felt pretty good," Weight said. "It was better as I went. No bounce-backs today or anything wrong, so hopefully, I won't have to worry about this the rest of the year.''


Numbers game

In his second start of the season, Islanders goaltender Martin Biron made 20 saves. Jonathan Quick had 28 saves for the Kings . . . Rob Schremp won six of eight faceoffs for the Islanders.