NHL Game Summary - Anaheim at New Jersey|
(Friday, December 20th)
Final Score: Anaheim 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)
Newark, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Palmieri potted the game-winner 2:37
into overtime, as the Anaheim Ducks downed the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on
Friday at Prudential Center.
On the decisive play, Palmieri sliced through the right circle while holding
off a defender before dipping below the goal line, working around the net, and
stuffing in a wraparound from the low left side to send Anaheim to victory.
"It was exciting," Palmieri said of scoring a game-winner in New Jersey, where
he grew up. "It definitely added a little something to the game and the
Palmieri, Cam Fowler and Mathieu Perreault each registered a goal and an
assist, while Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots for the Ducks, who matched their
longest win streak of the season with their seventh straight triumph.
Andy Greene and Michael Ryder scored a goal apiece, while Cory Schneider
allowed all three goals on 24 shots for the Devils, who had won two straight.
"We wanted that second point, we really did," Greene said. "We have to forget
about it now and just get ready for Washington tomorrow."
With the scored locked at 1-1 just past the midway point of the third,
Palmieri helped put the Ducks on top when he kept his balance just long enough
on the low right side to slide the puck to the front of the net, where
Perreault pounded it home for a 2-1 Anaheim edge at 10:47.
New Jersey answered on the power play at 14:58 when Jaromir Jagr's backhand
feed from the low right side found Greene cutting backdoor, allowing the
veteran blueliner to one-time the puck home from the low left side to tie the
tilt at 2-2.
Following a scoreless opening frame, New Jersey jumped on top early in the
second when Adam Henrique came up with a steal deep in the Anaheim zone and
backhanded the puck toward the slot for Ryder, who swatted the bouncing disc
into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at 4:15.
Anaheim answered with just under six minutes left in the middle stanza, as
Fowler let fly a slapper from the left circle that sailed past the far side
of Schneider to make it 1-1 at 14:06.
Fowler's goal was his 100th career point (20 goals, 80 assists) ... Anaheim
improved to 12-7-3 on the road, while New Jersey dropped to 7-5-4 at home this
season ... Anaheim also won seven games in a row from Oct. 5-20 ... Despite
the loss, the Devils have won 13 of the 16 all-time encounters with the Ducks
in the Garden State ... Anaheim's Teemu Selanne had two assists ... New Jersey
went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Anaheim finished 0-for-4.
12/20 23:12:15 ET