Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 20 at NJ

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Postgame Notes and Quotes: Dec. 20 at NJ
Postgame notes and quotes following Anaheim\'s 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Dec. 20.
POSTGAME NOTES
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).

POSTGAME QUOTES

ANAHEIM DUCKS

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.

SCHEDULE

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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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