Mueller caught the attention of the Moose defense and allowed Christian Fischer and Brendan Perlini to set up on the doorstep. Mueller placed a gorgeous little pass right on Perlini’s stick on the back door and he slammed it home for an easy goal.
That second goal might have been even easier than the empty net goal he scored late in the third period.
He told reporters, “I’d just like to kidnap him. You watch him out there, you look at the confidence, he’s just oozing with it right now. I think he really enjoys playing the game; he looks like he’s having fun out there. He comes down and he scores three goals; and he doesn’t just do that, the impact he has when he has the puck, killing penalties, and he really fills out a first line.
Lamb also agreed that Perlini seemed a half-step faster after his time in the NHL, and his adjustment to the speed of the NHL game served him well in his return to Tucson.