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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 20 at NJ

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim 3 vs. New Jersey 2 (OT)
Dec. 20, 2013
Prudential Center
25-7-5, 55 Standings Points

The Ducks have tied a club record with their seventh straight win. Anaheim has accomplished the feat twice previously, including once earlier this season (Oct. 5-20, 2013 & Feb. 20 - Mar. 7, 1999).

There have been three separate seven-game winning streaks in the NHL this season, with two being recorded by Anaheim (also Vancouver, Dec. 1-14).

Anaheim has a standings point streak of 10 games (8-0-2), the longest active streak in the NHL.

The Ducks have also won four consecutive road games and have points in five straight away from home (4-0-1).

Anaheim's 25-7-5 (55 points) record matches the second-best mark in club history (also 2012-13, 25-7-5). Only the 2006-07 club had more points after 37 games (27-4-6, 60).



Kyle Palmieri
On his overtime game-winning goal

It felt pretty good. It was a combination of being at home and being overtime, and the fact that I’ve haven’t scored in over a month. It put a lot of excitement into one goal. It was a pretty cool night and an exciting game for everybody. It added a little bit more excitement for the family and friends.

On the seven-game winning streak
We want to keep this going as long as we can. We started to pick up momentum coming off a little skid we had. It’s going to be huge for us going into tomorrow night and hopefully finish off before the Christmas break with the streak still alive.

Mathieu Perreault
On the winning streak

We’re doing something special with this group of guys. We had a great start to the year and now it’s the same thing. We’ve been playing very well and everybody seems to be healthy. It’s looking very good for us.

On Palmieri’s overtime goal
He was flying out there, so I was just trying to give him the puck and look at him. His overtime goal was pretty to watch. I was coming down the ice, looking at him, and it was a nice goal.

On Palmieri setting up his third period goal
He pretty much did everything. I just tapped it in. For myself, it was nice to get out of that slump. I haven’t scored as much as I’d like to lately. It was good for me and my line to get a couple goals tonight.

Teemu Selanne
On his line with Palmieri and Perreault

Our line played pretty well. After the first period, we had some chances. And usually, when you have chances, good things happen. It was a good win. We needed that one.

On if the team had to grind it out early
Absolutely. The first period, Hiller kept us in the game. But after the first, we got our legs back a little bit. Then it was a pretty even game. We knew we had to grind the whole game. Our first line had to grind. A lot of nights, we have to make sure there are more guys than our first line. The depth is the key for this team with all the injuries we’ve had, and all the problems some players have had. We can fill those spots and still win the games. That’s what makes this team very special. So far, so good.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau
On Palmieri’s game

I was really happy for him. It’s been a while, since Philly [Oct. 29], since he scored. You could tell early on he was getting more involved. He was getting shots off and he had a couple chances. I really thought he might pot one tonight, especially after he made the play to Perreault for the go-ahead goal. It’s good.

When he gets involved, he’s not tall, but he’s very strong, and he doesn’t get knocked off the puck. He gets involved and usually good things happen. And tonight, that’s what happened. It all started on Cam’s [Fowler] goal. He went right to the front of the net and completely blocked the goalie. He doesn’t get an assist, but he’s an integral part of the goal. It feeds his confidence, he gets that next one, and I knew I had to put him out in overtime because I thought him or Matty [Perreault] would have a chance to get one.

On the team’s resilience
They got a lot of character and we knew the first period was going to be a struggle. Any time you’re two days in one town, or this being the third day, you’re sitting around and you’re sitting in your hotel. No matter how hard you practice, you’re lethargic. When we got out of the first period [scoreless], I thought we had a good chance as long as they didn’t get a two-goal lead.

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