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Islanders notebook: Moulson's fine on second line

| Monday, May 6, 2013, 8:18 p.m.

Moulson fine on 2nd line

Matt Moulson long had been John Tavares' left-hand man on the Islanders' first line.

But Islanders coach Jack Capuano decided to shake up the lineup after getting shut out in Game 1, putting Moulson on the second line with center Frans Nielsen and right winger Kyle Okposo.

Okposo has scored two goals since the switch, including the Game 2 winner on an assist from Moulson, after scoring only four regular-season goals.

“Mouls has fit in nicely in front of the net,” Okposo said. “He's a smart player. He always knows where to be and how to get to those danger areas.”

Wowed by the crowd

The 16,170 fans at Nassau Coliseum, 64 shy of a sellout, were amped to see their team's first playoff game on Long Island since 2007, and the players still were talking about it Monday.

“It was obviously one of the loudest rinks I've ever been in,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “At the end of the national anthem, my ears were hurting a little bit from all the craziness. I remember the first couple shifts me and (defense partner Andrew MacDonald) were basically yelling at the top of our lungs at each other. We expect the same atmosphere (Tuesday).”

Added center Casey Cizikas: “They were behind us the whole 60 minutes. Even when we were down and we gave up those three quick goals, they were still cheering. It's something we thrive off of.”

No stopping Sid

Capuano, along with every other coach, knows that no matter how much time Sidney Crosby misses, when he returns, he's going to be a threat. In his two games this series, Crosby has two goals, three assists and 12 shots on goal.

“We're not going to eliminate him getting chances,” Capuano said. “He's a strong skater, and he's got great balance on his feet. You want to protect the danger areas when those players are on the ice and keep them to the outside as much as you can.”

— Chris Mascaro

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