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Palmieri's overtime goal leads Ducks past Jets

by Patrick Williams

WINNIPEG -- The power play for the Anaheim Ducks abandoned them in mid-November, but it returned Sunday in a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre.

The Ducks, who ranked 20th in power-play percentage before the game, scored two man-advantage goals

After Winnipeg tied the game 3-3 with 4:45 remaining in the third period on a goal by defenseman Jacob Trouba, Anaheim forward Kyle Palmieri scored 53 seconds into overtime with a shot high over Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec’s left shoulder. The win was Anaheim’s 10th consecutive one-goal win. The Ducks are an NHL-best 14-0-5 in one-goal games this season.

"We know that [Palmieri] has a great shot," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But I was shocked. I was like, 'Whoa! Jeez, it’s in. We won.'"

Anaheim began the game with one power-play goal in its past 24 chances.

"For us to deliver twice right now is a big thing," Boudreau said of the power play. "To see them have successful results, I think will give all of them a little bit of confidence. We moved the puck a little bit, and we shot the puck when we had the opportunity to shoot it rather than trying to look for the perfect, perfect pass."

Ducks forward Rene Bourque, moved to the top line with center Ryan Getzlaf and right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, scored his first goal of the season. Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Ducks. Getzlaf had three assists to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, eight assists).

Anaheim (18-6-5) played without right wing Corey Perry, who left a 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild on Friday with a knee injury. Perry, who leads the Ducks with 14 goals this season, will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Anaheim.

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien countered for Winnipeg (14-9-5) by extending his goal streak to four games. Jets captain Andrew Ladd scored for the second straight game.

"It’s a disappointing result, but a very well-played game," Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

With goaltenders John Gibson (groin) and Jason LaBarbera (hand) injured, Boudreau continued to rely on Frederik Andersen. Boudreau started Andersen (27 saves) for the 13th consecutive game.

Anaheim’s power play scored on their fifth shot of the game. Bourque scored on a pass from Patrick Maroon at 11:02. The goal broke Winnipeg’s eight-game streak of scoring first.

The Jets scored on their first power play when Byfuglien finished a give-and-go set-up with forward Mathieu Perreault and his shot went past Andersen at 14:28.

Ladd’s 10th goal off a rebound into the slot on the power play gave the Jets a 2-1 lead 1:33 into the second period.

The Ducks broke Winnipeg’s lead when Silfverberg tipped defenseman Clayton Stoner’s left-point shot past Pavelec at 4:35 for his third goal.

"I thought our goaltender kept us in [the game] in the first 10 minutes," Boudreau said. "When we scored a goal, it kind of stemmed the tide a little bit. It seems like we get more awake when the other team gets the lead."

Kesler’s ninth goal gave the Ducks a 3-2 lead at 8:53 of the second period. With the Ducks on a power play, Getzlaf reached the left circle with a pass to Kesler, who one-timed a shot under Pavelec (21 saves).

Jets left wing Evander Kane received a major penalty and a game misconduct for a check from behind on Stoner with Winnipeg trailing 3-2.

Trouba's fourth goal later in the period tied the game.

"I think that’s a characteristic we want to have, a tough team to play, especially late [in a game," Trouba said.

Palmieri missed the first 17 games of the season with a high-ankle sprain and did not make his season debut until Nov. 16. Palmieri hadn't scored a goal in his past five games before Sunday.

Kesler led all players with seven shots and won 64 percent of his faceoffs. He played 5:53 on the power play.

"I think a lot of shots, a lot of movement [was the difference]," Kesler said of the Anaheim power play. "When you shoot and you move, you confuse their [penalty kill]. I thought we had them confused often today. You want to generate shots. You want to generate momentum. You’re not going to score every time, but you don’t want to take away momentum from the team."

Winnipeg finished a three-game homestand with a 2-0-1 record.

"Tonight was a tough test for us," Ladd said. "[We] battled hard right to the very end, and it could have gone either way. [Palmieri] made a heck of a shot there at the end."

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