Ducks set franchise record with rally past Islanders

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Updated: December 21, 2013

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Kyle Palmieri potted the game-winner as
part of a four-goal third period and Ryan Getzlaf recorded a hat trick to lead
the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Mathieu Perreault added a goal and Frederik Andersen stopped 18 shots for the
Ducks, who have won a franchise-record eight straight games.

“He was the catalyst, for sure. He wasn’t going to be denied,” said Ducks
coach Bruce Boudreau.

Anaheim had taken seven in a row earlier this season, from Oct. 5-20 and
previously from Feb. 20-Mar. 7, 1999.

Thomas Vanek scored twice and Frans Nielson added a goal for the Islanders,
losers in 14 of their last 16 games.

“The main focus tonight was the discipline and the decision-making with the
puck, with the size of the guys they have,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said.
“They can wear you down, and they have some offensive [defensemen] who can
jump into the play and give you problems.”

Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on 30 shots in the setback.

Getzlaf pulled the Ducks within 3-2 just 1:10 into the third. Bryan Allen
fired a shot from the point that bounced off of Nabokov right to Corey Perry,
who was also turned away. Getzlaf, though, managed to corral the puck in
traffic and beat Nabokov, who had his sight blocked by several players
gathered in front of the net.

Perreault tied things up after finishing off a slick passing sequence at
10:32. Matt Beleskey skated along the right board and flipped the puck to
Daniel Winnik on the goal line short of the net. Winnik then quickly
backhanded the disc right to Perreault, who easily shoveled it into a nearly
empty net.

Palmieri put the Ducks in front for the first time all game with his goal at
13:44. Off a draw won by Getzlaf, Palmieri weaved through traffic before
firing a wrister into the back of the net.

Getzlaf added an empty-netter for his hat trick and a two-goal spread with 22
seconds on the clock.

As time expired the benches cleared as a group of players held a shoving match
near center ice. It was unclear what sparked the near-fracas, but referees
separated the sides. After several minutes of jawing on the ice the teams
retreated to the locker room.

Vanek opened the scoring 11:27 in with his snap shot off a Kyle Okposo miss.

Getlaf tied things up 15:10 into the middle session, but Vanek and Nielsen
scored less than a minute apart at 17:55 and 18:52 to put the hosts in front
3-1 after 40 minutes.

Game Notes

Getzlaf has two hat tricks this season and increased his point total to 43
(19G, 24A) … Anaheim concludes a four-game road swing in Washington on
Monday … The reeling Islanders, who occupy the Metropolitan Division
basement, will visit the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.