NHL: Ryan Getzlaf nets hat trick to lead Anaheim to eighth straight win
The Associated PressFirst published Dec 21 2013 09:54PM
Uniondale, N.Y. • Riding a long winning streak, the powerful Anaheim Ducks had no fear trailing by two goals heading into the third period against the fragile New York Islanders.
Ryan Getzlaf scored three goals and the Ducks rallied for their team-record eighth straight victory, beating the Islanders 5-3 Saturday night.
"We talked after the second of just continuing to play our game," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
"We were very calm about it and knew if we got one quickly, we’d have a great chance."
Down 3-1, the Ducks scored four times in the third period. The Islanders played a spirited first two periods, taking their lead on two goals by Thomas Vanek and another by Frans Nielsen.
But Getzlaf scored his second of the game at 1:10 of the final period and Mathieu Perreault tied it at 10:32.
Kyle Palmieri, a native of Montvale, N.J., who scored the overtime winner Friday night against the New Jersey Devils, found himself in front of Evengi Nabokov with a clear shot at 13:44. The 22-year-old forward, who also scored the winning goal when the Ducks beat the Rangers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4, knocked in his sixth goal of the season.
"Those goals feel really, really good," Palmieri said. "We find ways to win and tonight was another example of our patience and skill."
Getzlaf completed his hat trick with an empty-net goal. The Ducks won in their first visit to Long Island since a 3-2 loss on Dec. 16, 2010.
In his first game back after missing 17 games with a sprained left knee, Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Marian Gaborik again was sidelined with a broken collarbone.
The team announced after a 6-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night that Gaborik had been placed on the injured list and would be out indefinitely.