ANAHEIM – The Ducks got inspiration from a 40-year-old vet and a 19-year-old rookie on their way to a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the red hot Tampa Bay Lightning at Honda Center.
Teemu Selanne had a goal and a beautiful game-winning assist in OT, and Kyle Palmieri had a huge tying tally late in the third period as the Ducks took down a Tampa Bay team that entered the game tied atop the Eastern Conference at 7-2-1. Selanne raced down the left wing and behind the net before making a blind backhand feed into the low slot, where Ryan Getzlaf fired it home for the dramatic winner.
"It was a big game for us," Getzlaf said. "It felt like we played pretty well tonight for the most part. We were able to come back at the end. The kid scored a big goal in his first game and that is exciting."
A total of 611 career goals separate future Hall of Famer Selanne and recent call-up Palmieri, but both of their tallies were equally meaningful on this night. Palmieri, making his NHL debut, snapped the Ducks out of a third period funk when he received a beautiful backhand pass from Bobby Ryan in the slot and slung it into the open net with 4:20 remaining.
"It was unbelievable," said a grinning Palmieri, the former Notre Damer, who had an AHL-leading seven goals with Syracuse before his recall. "I was so excited. The whole play seemed like it was slow developing. I saw the puck come across from Bobby. It squirted around to my stick. He banked it off me. I didn’t have to do much. It was unbelievable.
"To explain, I really don’t have any words right now. It hasn’t really sunk in. Right now, I’m just excited."
It was the first Anaheim goal since 12:22 into the first period, when Selanne notched the 612th of his career (15th on the all-time list) on the power play following a Tampa Bay too many men on the ice infraction. Selanne circled with the puck toward the left wing dot, where he snapped a quick wrister that deflected off goalie Dan Ellis and hit the twine. It was the first goal given up by Ellis in almost 126 minutes that spanned the previous three games.
The Lightning got even early in the second period, when Blair Jones one-timed a Ryan Malone feed into the far top corner of the cage. And they took the lead when Steven Stamkos converted off a Martin St. Louis pass just 21 seconds into the third period on a power play that carried over from the second.
The Ducks didn’t get a whole lot going the rest of the way in their quest to tie the score until Palmieri (wearing the same No. 51 that Getzlaf wore in his rookie year) scored a goal he’ll remember the rest of his life.
"It was a dream come true," Palmieri said. "Even just being there and out on the ice, it was an honor. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little kid playing hockey back in New Jersey."
The Ducks snapped a two-game skid and will look to keep it going Friday against Pittsburgh.
"We played against a hockey club that could really skate and is playing with a lot of confidence right now," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "We’ve had our fair share of turmoil and lack of consistency. Tonight was one of our more inspired games. Overall, our effort was way up there. We should feel good about ourselves."
The Ducks have gone 3-1-1 in their last five contests at HOME, earning seven of a possible 10 points.
Anaheim has scored at least one power play goal in each of the last four contests, going five-for-14 during that stretch for a 35.7% success rate.
At 19 years, nine months and two days, Kyle Palmieri is the fifth-youngest player to appear in a Ducks uniform in club history.
Ryan Getzlaf scored his second career OT goal tonight. He has earned 3-5=8 points over the last six contests, collecting points in five of the six.
Teemu Selanne, who scored his 612th career goal (15th on all-time list) and notched an assist on Getzlaf’s OT goal, has moved into a share of 33rd in all-time NHL points (612-662=1,274) with Al MacInnis. Over the last seven contests, Selanne has earned 4-5=9 points. He scored his team-leading fourth power play goal of the season tonight.
With an assist tonight, Corey Perry has 2-3=5 points over the last four contests.
Lubomir Visnovsky has recorded multiple-point nights in three of the last five contests (0-6=6 during that stretch, including two assists tonight).
Jonas Hiller has allowed just two goals in each of his last five starts. Over that five-game stretch, Hiller has gone 3-2-0 with a 1.99 GAA (10 GA/301 MIN) and .936 SV% (147-of-157)
Tonight’s attendance was 13,034.
3:53 - ANAHEIM GOAL - RYAN GETZLAF - Selanne picks the puck up near the benches and is off and running. He heads behidn the net before sliding a blind backhand pass to the top of the crease, where Getzlaf is there to fire it home. Ducks win it in thrilling fashion, 3-2.
0:00 - Here we go.
20:00 - END OF REGULATION - And we're going to ooooooovertime.
19:06 - Ducks spend way too much time in their own end before Hiller catches and holds a St. Louis shot.
17:55 - Selanne tries to get the lead, but his wrister is kicked away by Ellis.
They show Palmieri on the bench and he can hardly contain his smile as someone skates by the bench and taps him on the helmet with a stick. Then another grin as he moves over on the bench and gets a mini buddy shoulder check from a congratulating Parros.
15:40 - ANAHEIM DUCKS - KYLE PALMIERI - Ryan gets the puck on the left wing from Visnovsky and gets deep before throwing a backhand pass across the slot to a wide open Palmieri, who dumps it into the open net. The kid is grinning from ear to ear as he receives congrats on his first NHL goal in his first NHL game and it's tied 1-1. This place has come alive.
14:12 - Fowler tries to get something going with a slap shot from the point, but Ellis is there.
12:52 - Selanne goes around Kubina, loses it momentarily and then gets it back in time to take a shot from point blank. But Ellis won't give way.
10:00 - 8 may be trying to win this game by himself.
7:56 - Selanne speeds his way in front of Hedman on the rush, but fires into Ellis' mask.
2:20 - Perry fires the one-timer that Ellis kick saves and Selanne just misses the rebound.
1:35 - TBL Penalty - Ryan Malone, 2 min. tripping. Malone takes down Blake as he chases a puck in the corner.
0:21 - TAMPA BAY GOAL (POWER PLAY) - STEVEN STAMKOS - Tampa strikes early, as St. Louis catches the puck below the goal line and quickly slides it across the top of the crease to Stamkos, who one-times it into the open net.
0:00 - Here we go in the third, with Tampa on the PP.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - Ducks lose their lead in a mostly uneventful second period as the Jones goal ties it 1-1. Tampa Bay with 1:02 of PP time to start the third.
19:01 - ANA Penalty - Bobby Ryan, 2 min. hooking. Just as the Getzlaf penalty is expiring, the Ducks take another one, as Ryan is accused of hooking Stamkos against the wall. .
16:54 - ANA Penalty - Ryan Getzlaf, 2 min. slashing. Getzlaf knocks the stick out of a quiet Stamkos' hands.
16:40 - Ryan with a gorgeous thievery of the puck in the Anaheim end after lifting Downie's stick, then seconds later nearly gets the Ducks on top after weaving his way toward the net and almost slipping through a backhand.
We play Guess that Duck with a blurry picture of one Duck and the hint that he was drafted 28th overall in 2003. Well, I could get that without the hint, and I think most of the crowd feels the same way, as 73 percent text that guess over Ryan Getzlaf and Joffrey Lupul. Alas, that blonde hair coming through in the blurry picture might have helped. Indeed, it's Perry.
13:20 - Exciting play as Ryan weaves toward the net, then lays a backhand pass to Palmieri, who nearly spins and nets it.
12:40 - Bonino tries to redirect an off-line Visnovsky shot, but Ellis saves.
10:43 - Ryan takes in a Getzlaf feed from behind the cage and whips a quick and hard wrister into Ellis.
10:21 - Hiller does a nice job to shoo away a Bergenheim shot from the right wing on the rush.
9:27 - Nothing doing on the Ducks power play.
7:27 - TBL Penalty - Mattias Ohlund, 2 min. slashing.
6:40 - Palmieri, still skating with Bonino and Marchant, nearly chips in a loose puck that came off the glass.
3:58 - Blake with a couple of chances early, just missing on a tip redirect, then firing a slap shot on the run into Ellis' midsection.
2:38 - TAMPA BAY GOAL - BLAIR JONES - Ryan Malone picks up the puck behind the net and slips it in front to Jones, who goes to a knee to one-time it into the far top corner. Nice shot, and it's 1-1.
0:35 - Ducks come very close to getting an early one as Fowler throws it into the corner and it takes a kick toward the crease. Selanne then nearly punches in a Koivu feed off the bouncing puck.
0:00 - Here we go in the second.
20:00 - END OF PERIOD - A good first for the Ducks, as they outshoot Tampa 9-2 and lead it 1-0 on yet another Selanne power play goal.
18:13 - Ducks look like they might get one as Ellis has trouble covering a jiggling puck, but he lies down on it as a couple black shirts jab at it.
16:56 - Ducks outshooting Tampa, 8-2.
16:15 - Marchant nearly takes the glass out blasting Kubina into it.
13:26 - TBL Penalty - Mattias Ohlund, 2 min. tripping. Another PP for the Ducks and a chance to take command early.
12:22 - ANAHEIM GOAL (POWER PLAY) - TEEMU SELANNE - Selanne circles with the puck toward the the left wing dot, waits and waits and waits, and FIRES a quick wrist shot that deflects off Ellis and tickles the twine. First goal given up by Ellis in almost 126 minutes and it's 1-0 Ducks.
11:23 - TBL Penalty - Randy Jones, 2 min. tripping. Jones takes down Ryan near the boards.
10:30 - Lecavalier tries to sneak a pass into the crease, and it gets past Hiller, but no white shirt is there to get to it.
8:45 - Perry is in very deep and tries a pass across the crease to Selanne, but it's under his stick.
7:41 - Now the Ducks on the PP.
7:05 - TBL Penalty - Bench minor, 2 min,. too many men on the ice. During the change, St. Louis is trying to get off, but a misdirected stretch pass hits him right in the foot. Ducks get bailed out from trying to kill the rest of the penalty.
6:20 - Mara slides to block a slap shot from the point, and he's slow to get up.
3:41 - ANA Penalty - Josh Green, 4 min. (double minior) high sticking. Green gets Dana Tyrell in the face with the blade, and Tyrell is very slow to get up and off.
2:00 - Fowler on the ice for the first time after missing the last six games.
0:00 - And we're underway at Honda Center.
7:08 p.m. - Nice pregame ceremony in which Dr. Ronald Glousman is given a silver stick and crystal decanter for 17 years of service with the team before a ceremonial puck drop.
7:01 p.m. - Fowler in as a starter. Bonino and Palmieri (NHL debut) in there too. Starters in bold/italics. Scratches crossed out.