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'An Unbelievable Feeling'

Making his NHL debut last night, 19-year-old Kyle Palmieri had a huge goal late in the game that led to an important Ducks victory

Thursday, 11.04.2010 / 6:42 PM / News
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\'An Unbelievable Feeling\'
By Matt Vevoda
AnaheimDucks.com


“Right now, I’m still excited and jacked up about it," Palmieri said. "I’m sure it will wear off in a couple of days, but still looking back on it, it was incredible."
In the hours leading up to last night’s Ducks-Lightning game, Kyle Palmieri was already beaming with excitement for his NHL debut.

The 19-year-old would show more than 13,000 fans in attendance and others watching from home an even bigger grin when he scored his first NHL goal with 4:20 left in regulation to tie the game at 2-2.

“It was with me until I feel asleep last night,” said Palmieri of that smile.  “Right now, I’m still excited and jacked up about it. I’m sure it will wear off in a couple of days, but still looking back on it, it was incredible."

Any first career goal is a big moment for a player, but Palmieri’s helped the Ducks send the game to overtime, where they ultimately prevailed on a Ryan Getzlaf goal off a great Teemu Selanne feed.  For a team fighting to get back to .500 on an important homestand, the goal could not have come at a better time.

“It was a big game for us,” said Getzlaf. “We were able to come back at the end. The kid scored a big goal in his first game and that is exciting.”

Said head coach Randy Carlyle, “Kyle Palmieri goes in and doesn’t get an opportunity to play that much (7:40 of ice time), but still scores a big-time goal for us to tie it. He’s a skilled player and can find the net. The puck follows those guys around.”

Palmieri was also in amazement after the first two of his 12 shifts on the evening. He was still trying to grasp the fact that he was partaking in the game of hockey at its highest level. “It was surreal,” said Palmieri, who began the year with seven goals and nine points in nine games with Syracuse in the AHL, where he earned player of the week honors last week. “I just looked around and tried to take it all in. Looking down the bench and seeing guys like Selanne, Getzlaf, guys who I have watched play, it was an honor. It took awhile to sink in.”

Kyle Palmieri goes in and doesn’t get an opportunity to play that much (7:40 of ice time), but still scores a big-time goal for us to tie it," Carlyle said. "He’s a skilled player and can find the net. The puck follows those guys around.”
The comeback win for Anaheim (5-7-1) has the potential to be that starting point the team has desired for close to a month. After taking down the current top Eastern Conference team in the Lightning, the next test comes tomorrow night in the form of perennial power Pittsburgh, led by star forward Sidney Crosby.

It will be the second game in a span that features Anaheim playing five out of six in the friendly confines of Honda Center.  “Our ability to get in on the puck was better in last night’s game than in previous ones,” Carlyle said. “All it is one game. Now we flush that and it’s about preparation for tomorrow. We have to put ourselves in a good position with a good start. We can’t rest on last night’s hockey game.”

Said veteran Todd Marchant, “Tampa Bay is one of the best teams in the East and Pittsburgh is as well. We’re looking to build for confidence sake. When we play our game, we are capable of playing with the best teams in this league. A lot of times those are things that can go a long way. They can snowball in the right direction. We needed that win last night. It was a big boost for our team. You can just feel it in the room today too, it carried over.”

Playing on a line with Marchant (who is nearly double his age) and fellow rookie Nick Bonino, Palmieri hopes to be able to continue contributing toward that goal, just as he did in a big way last night.

“Scoring a goal was an unbelievable feeling,” Palmieri said. “Hopefully we can keep some of this momentum from last night and bring it into tomorrow night’s game. The reason they brought me up here was to provide a little spark and create some offense for the team. Last night was a good start, so we’ll see how it goes.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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