NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – Kyle Palmieri thrilled his personal rooting section with an overtime winner that sent the Anaheim Ducks to their seventh straight win.
Palmieri, from Montvale, N.J., scored at 2:37 of overtime on Friday to give the Ducks a 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. The goal delighted the group of about 100 family members and friends who saw the hometown boy make good in his return.
“You try not to think too much about it but you know they’re there,” Palmieri said. “I grew up watching the Devils play, so it’s pretty hard to ignore the fact that you’re from here and there’s people watching.”
With the win, the Pacific Division-leading Ducks captured a seventh straight game for the second time this season, tying the franchise record set from Oct. 5-20, and in the 1999 season. Anaheim has collected at least a point in 10 straight games (8-0-2).
Unbeaten in regulation at home with a 13-0-2 mark, the Ducks have won four in a row on the road.
Palmieri sealed the latest deal with a pretty goal. He swung around Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and circled behind the New Jersey goal. He then tucked the wraparound behind goaltender Cory Schneider.
Capitals 4, Hurricanes 2
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal, and Washington had three power-play goals in the second period.
Jets 5, Panthers 2
In Winnipeg, Evander Kane, Michael Frolik and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist for the Jets.
Canucks 3, Blackhawks 2 (SO)
In Chicago, Ryan Kesler scored the deciding goal in an eight-round shootout.
Islanders 5, Rangers 3
In New York, Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period.