At the start of the third period of Saturday nights game against the lowly New York Islanders, the Anaheim Ducks trailed 3-1 and it appeared any chance of breaking the franchise record for consecutive wins would have to be put back on hold...again. Then Ryan Getzlaf took over. The Ducks captain scored two goals and added an assist in the final period to rally his team to a 5-3 victory in front of the emptiest building in the league. Anaheim extended their winning streak to a franchise-record eight games by scoring four times in the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It was also another low-light in a season full of them for the last place Islanders. Getzlaf earned his second career hat trick (and second this season) and assisted on Kyle Palmieri's game-winning goal. Palmieri, a New York/New Jersey native, scored the overtime goal the night before against the Devils. I guess Dorothy was right...there really is no place like home and Palmieri took full advantage. With the win, the Ducks leap-frogged the Blackhawks for the top spot in the NHL. Anaheim is 26-7-5 with 57 points, one more than the Hawks and two more than the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins. It was another incredible night for Getzlaf. He now has 43 points in just 35 games and is third is the NHL scoring race behind Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane. He also appears Hell bent on leading his team to back-to-back Pacific Division crowns and in to the playoffs and beyond.
Getzlaf's Hat Trick Lifts Ducks to Club Record 8th Straight Win over Isles
Hockey Buzz | Dec 22