Palmieri Reflects on All Three Goals of His Wednesday Night Hat Trick

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Palmieri Reflects on All Three Goals of His Wednesday Night Hat Trick
By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com


The cool thing about recording your first NHL hat trick is not just the reaction you get on the ice, but what hits you in the hours following it.

Last night at Honda Center, Kyle Palmieri had a natural hat trick (becoming the second-youngest Duck to score three goals in a game) in a 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators. And for the rest of the night (while he enjoyed a postgame dinner with teammate Nick Bonino that Bonino paid for) and into the morning, his phone buzzed with well-wishes from friends and family.

Today, just after getting done joining the rest of his teammates for a practice/skills competition in front of 13,000 screaming kids attending the First Flight Field Trip at Honda Center, Palmieri got plenty more attention when he returned to the relative quiet of the Ducks locker room. A number of reporters and cameramen wanted to get their time with the 22-year-old Palmieri and hear his thoughts on his first-time feat (he's a fan of the word "awesome"). Finally when the room had mostly cleared out, he was able to sit down at his locker and watch each of the three goals (for the first time since scoring them, he claims).

We gave him an iPad with his three goals queued up, and asked him to describe each one.

Q: Before we get to the goals, what was the reaction like last night after the game?
Palmieri: It was a lot of love and support. Being from the east coast, a couple people might have been sleeping while the game was going, but this morning and last night I got plenty of texts and plenty of calls. It was definitely fun for me, and my family was watching back east, so I know they enjoyed it.

Have you watched the goals yet?
Actually, I’ve been having trouble with the internet in my house, and it’s really bad right now. You can’t even get a web page to open up, so this is the first time I’ve seen these.

Let’s start with the first one:

Kyle PalmieriIt was kind of a set breakout there. We got a little space to skate, Pears and me. Getzy made a nice pass up to Corey and he found me skating my hardest down the wall there. I was able to keep it out of the reach of Weber and kind of wanted to get it back to my forehand and get a shot off. I was able to time it right. Weber is a great defensemen, definitely one of the best in the league, but I had a bit of a step on him there, and I was able to cut to the net.

And the second:

Kyle PalmieriThis was just a faceoff play. My responsibility on those plays is to get to the net and cause a little chaos. There was a little confusion on Nashville’s part. Getzy made a nice pass to Perry, and Perry found me all alone. I guess that was a recurring theme last night: Getzlaf to Perry to me. He found me by myself there, so it was awesome.

And the third:

Kyle PalmieriThe power play has been juggled up the last couple of days, just trying to find the right combinations. We had some set plays, but really we just wanted to get pucks on net, and we were able to do that. As soon as I see the puck go down to Perry, I know that he’s either taking it to the net or he’s going to try and throw it back door. He made a phenomenal pass right under the stick of Hannan there, and I was basically all alone with an empty net.

Can you remember what Perry said during the celebration?
It’s so loud and everything is happening to fast that you really can’t. He came over and gave me a hug, and I just told him what a great pass that was. It was a pretty cool experience.

Cameras caught you on the bench at the end of the game with Teemu patting you on the head and saying something. I know you’ve been in this game a little while, but what would 15-year-old Kyle Palmieri think of that moment?
[Laughs.] Yeah, it was awesome. It brings me back to my first NHL goal [in 2010], when Teemu took me aside and congratulated me individually. It was awesome. You watch him play growing up and see the number and the records he’s put up, and how exciting it was watching him play hockey. You never actually think that someday you could be playing with him. Obviously I’ve had the opportunity to play with him for a couple of years now, and it’s an incredible experience.

What did he say you on the bench?
He just congratulated me and I think he might have said, “Welcome to the club.”


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
R. Rakell 67 8 22 8 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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