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NEWARK, N.J. -- A trip across the country hasn't stopped the Anaheim Ducks from climbing toward the top of the NHL standings.
The Ducks won their seventh straight game Friday, 3-2 in overtime against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Anaheim is 2-0-0 on a four-game road trip that continues Saturday against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum and ends Monday against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center.
New Jersey native Kyle Palmieri capped his homecoming with the overtime goal at 2:47. He went around the net and wrapped the puck in off of Devils defenseman Jon Merrill's stick.
"It felt pretty good," said Palmieri, who had over 100 friends and family in attendance. "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 exciting game for everybody. It added a little bit more excitement for the family and friends."
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller made 19 saves for his sixth win in as many starts. New Jersey's Cory Schneider, playing for the first time in a week, made 21 saves.
Teemu Selanne had assists on each of Anaheim's regulation goals, giving him four points in his three-game streak. Selanne went his previous 16 games without a point. Cam Fowler and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and assisted on Palmieri's winner.
"We’re doing something special with this group of guys," said Perreault. "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."
The Devils won their previous two games, and will have a chance to start a new streak Saturday when they play the Capitals in Washington.
The Ducks had a 2-1 lead on Perreault's sixth goal of the season with 9:13 to play in the third period, but the Devils tied it when Andy Greene scored his third power-play goal of the season with 5:02 remaining.
Greene received a pretty cross-ice, tape-to-tape backhanded pass from Jaromir Jagr and beat Hiller with a near-side shot from the lower part of the left circle. Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric was in the penalty box for interference on Steve Bernier.
Fowler's goal with 5:54 to play in the second period tied the game 1-1 and gave the defenseman his 100th career NHL point.
Fowler beat Schneider with a slap shot through two screens from the top of the left circle. Palmieri was in front of the net, and Greene was in Schneider's line of sight.
The play started when Selanne won the faceoff in the right circle after New Jersey iced the puck. The Devils had a tired group on the ice, but coach Peter DeBoer opted not to use his timeout to give them a chance to rest. It burned him when Selanne won the puck back to Ben Lovejoy, who found Fowler with point-to-point pass. Fowler took two steps and blasted away to tie the game.
Fowler has 20 goals and 80 assists in 232 NHL games.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau used his timeout earlier in the period after an icing, but the Devils wound up scoring six seconds after the faceoff to take a 1-0 lead.
Ducks center Nick Bonino won the faceoff back to Lovejoy. Wings Tim Jackman and Daniel Winnik attempted to break out of the zone, but Devils forward Adam Henrique took the puck away from Lovejoy and found Michael Ryder alone in front of the net with a saucer pass that Ryder one-timed past Hiller at 4:15. Ryder was open because Winnik didn't have time to recover after the turnover.
The Devils had a chance to extend their lead midway through the second period when Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was called for holding Jagr. New Jersey mustered one shot on goal during the power play. The best scoring chance came from the Ducks, when forward Andrew Cogliano busted down the right side and found some room, generating a good chance in tight on Schneider that the goalie turned away.
The Ducks had a chance to take the lead after Fowler scored because the Devils were called for too many men on the ice. However, Anaheim didn't test Schneider during the power play.
The Devils played with 11 forwards for the final 42:52 because Damien Brunner sustained what appeared to be a knee injury with 2:52 to play in the first period and did not return.
Fistric went to check Brunner in the corner but their knees collided and Brunner's appeared to buckle. He went down in pain and could not get up on his own. He did not put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off the ice by teammates Greene and Dainius Zubrus.
The Devils called it a lower-body injury. Brunner had been hot with goals in the previous two games and four in the past four.
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).
|Michael Ryder (10) ASST: Adam Henrique (8)|
1 - 0 NJD
|Cam Fowler (4) ASST: Ben Lovejoy (6), Teemu Selanne (6)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Mathieu Perreault (6) ASST: Kyle Palmieri (6), Teemu Selanne (7)|
2 - 1 ANA
|PPG - Andy Greene (5) ASST: Jaromir Jagr (18), Travis Zajac (9)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Kyle Palmieri (5) ASST: Mathieu Perreault (12), Cam Fowler (17)|
3 - 2 ANA
|Saku Koivu Tripping against Adam Henrique|
|Cory Schneider Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Stephen Gionta Hooking against Kyle Palmieri|
|Hampus Lindholm Holding against Jaromir Jagr|
|Andrei Loktionov Too many men/ice - bench|
|Mark Fayne Interference against Corey Perry|
|Mark Fistric Interference against Steve Bernier|
|SA: 21||TOI: 62:37|
|Saves: 19||EV: 14 - 15|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .905||SH: 2 - 2|
|SA: 24||TOI: 62:12|
|Saves: 21||EV: 14 - 17|
|PIM: 2||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: .875||SH: 1 - 1|
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