The forward scored twice in his 248th straight NHL game, helping the Islanders overcome an early two-goal deficit in a 7-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.
``I had a bunch of chances the last couple of games, but couldn't get anything to go in,'' Moulson said. ``I just have to keep whacking away in front of the net. A lot of credit to my linemates for working hard and creating chances for me.''
Moulson, in his fifth NHL season and fourth with the Islanders, has yet to miss a game with New York. Only Billy Harris (576 games), Bob Nystrom (301) and Denis Potvin (262) have played in more consecutive contests in club history.
New York (2-1) trailed 3-1 after the first period, but gained momentum by killing off a late two-man disadvantage. After tying it with two goals in the second, the Islanders took control by scoring four times in the third in the opener of a five-game, eight-day trip.
``Killing that (5-on-3) penalty when we were down 3-1 late in the first period, you could look at that as a turning point for us,'' said Islanders forward Brad Boyes, who had a goal against his former team. ``If they get one there, it's probably a much different game.''
Toronto (2-2) fell to 0-2 on home ice this season and returned to the Air Canada Centre following a solid 5-2 road victory in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. But that didn't impress some among the ACC gathering of 19,125 who began chanting ``Let's go Blue Jays!'' with 2:40 remaining.
``I think we saw one team last night and a totally different team tonight,'' Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. ``We were out of it, we were out of sync.
``I thought the first period was more a shinny period of hockey. We were skating but we weren't really engaged in the game. We managed to get a 3-1 lead out of it but really the last 7, 8 minutes of the first period was the start of the way we finished the game.''
Toronto was 0 for 5 on the power play, going 0 for 2 with two-man advantages for a combined 52 seconds.
``It's huge, it usually comes back to haunt you,'' Carlyle said. ``It you don't score on your 5-on-3 at some point in the game usually momentum is going to turn in favor of the opposition.
``They get life from it and it sucks life from you.''
Grabner gave New York a 4-3 lead at 3:27 of the third, firing a wrist shot past Ben Scrivens for his second of the season before Aucoin scored his first just 1:08 later to put the Islanders ahead 5-3. That was it for Scrivens, who allowed five goals on 20 shots in his third start of the season.
``I was seeing the puck well and in good position,'' Scrivens said. ``Sometimes those things happen.
``You just have to focus on the process and keep playing games the way I feel I can and should play. It's a journey ... it's the only way you can look at it. It's another learning experience and it's a tough one to swallow but I'll take what I can from it.''
Scrivens was replaced by James Reimer, who got the win in Pittsburgh. But Reimer was beaten cleanly by Moulson on a wrist shot at 11:20 for his second.
The Islanders were playing for the first time since beating Tampa Bay 4-3 on Monday night.
NOTES: Frattin had eight goals and seven assists in 58 games for Toronto last season. ... The Islanders are in Boston on Friday night for the first of their seven back-to-back sets this season.