NEWARK, N.J. -- A deep well of inspiration was there for the Ducks' Kyle Palmieri to tap into Friday night.
Before he made his way inside Prudential Center for a game against the New Jersey Devils, Palmieri saw his old high school team playing in the adjacent practice rink. There were also nearly 100 family members and friends sitting in the stands to cheer him on.
Energized like no other in his return home, Palmieri seized the night by factoring in all of the Ducks' goals and delivering a stunning overtime score for a 3-2 win, his team's seventh in a row.
Palmieri grew up a half-hour to the north in Montvale and starred at St. Peter's Prep in nearby Jersey City. His first time playing in New Jersey became the stuff to tell stories about.
"I grew up watching the Devils play," he said. "It was pretty hard to ignore the fact that you're from here and there's people watching."
The winger has struggled this season but it was his time to shine. Palmieri made the Devils pay, first by providing an effective screen on Cam Fowler's goal and then using some extra hustle to set up linemate Mathieu Perreault's score for a 2-1 lead.
In overtime, Palmieri applied the coup de grace by picking up Perreault's pass with speed and racing past Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas and behind the net. His wraparound shot skipped up off Jon Merrill's stick and over goalie Cory Schneider.
The winner snapped an 18-game streak without a goal for Palmieri and gave the Ducks (25-7-5) their second seven-game winning streak this season.
"I wasn't sure what it hit off," Palmieri said. "I thought I could beat (Schneider) to the post. He's a good goaltender and he met me there. It just took a lucky bounce. It was pretty nice."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said it was plays like that and the extra effort to get past Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky and put the puck in position for Perreault's tap-in goal that show what Palmieri can do when he's into the game.
"I was really happy for him," Boudreau said. "It's been a while since he scored but you could tell early on that he was getting more involved. He was getting shots off and he had a couple of chances.
"I really thought he might pop one tonight, especially after he made the play to Perreault for the go-ahead goal."
SECOND LINE STARS
The lasting memory of the Ducks extending the NHL's longest current winning streak to seven games will be Kyle Palmieri's brilliant wraparound goal to beat the team he watched often while growing up here.
But the highlight-reel score that decided a 3-2 overtime victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night also capped a big effort from a struggling second line that is showing signs of emerging from a deep offensive funk.
An energized Palmieri was moved up during the game by Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, and Mathieu Perreault worked well off the speedy winger. Perreault got his first goal in 18 games off a feed from Palmieri and then helped Palmieri end his drought.
Perreault got the puck to a rushing Palmieri in transition and the winger snapped his own 18-game streak without a goal. The center has been much better in three games back in the lineup since a lower-body injury limited him effectiveness.
"I think he pretty much did everything," Perreault said of his goal. "I just tapped it in. It was really good to get out of the slump. I didn't score as much as I'd like to lately. I think it was good for me and our line to get a couple of goals tonight."
Of the winning goal, Perreault said, "That goal in overtime was pretty to watch. I was coming down the ice and looking at him. It was a nice goal."
Teemu Selanne also had two assists for his first multi-point effort since the Oct. 10 home opener against the New York Rangers. Selanne, who will be rested Saturday against the New York Islanders, has four points in his last three games after going 16 without one.
"You always need a little luck," Selanne said. "I had a long stretch where I didn't have any luck. It happens. The team is winning. I thought our line played pretty well.
"The first period, we had some jump and chances. Usually when you have chances, good things happen. It was a good win. We needed it."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has craved for offensive production beyond the big line of Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Dustin Penner and was encouraged by what he saw out of his other skilled grouping.
"That's what balance does," Boudreau said. "Getzlaf's line hasn't scored in the last couple of games so the other lines pick it up. That's a great trait where you don't have to rely 100 percent on the one line."
The amount of travel the Ducks annually face is something Boudreau is continuing to get used to after being a player and coach based mostly in the East throughout his hockey life.
Many of the one- and two-hour airplane rides that were commonplace during his tenure with Washington have been replaced with a fair share of three-, four- and even five-hour flights, especially during the Ducks' road-heavy first half of this season.
"When you're in the East, you have no idea because it's your first job," Boudreau said. "You think, 'Well, it's still a lot of travel.' Until you go to the West. And then you realize the East is really easy, travel-wise."
The Ducks will have traveled 28,772 miles when their current four-game trip ends Monday in Washington. It hasn't had a negative effect as they're now 12-7-3 on the road.
"There's a good group of guys," Boudreau said. "They never complain about it. Never say anything. They just go out and do their business. We've been successful so far."
Jonas Hiller celebrated his 300th NHL game by making 19 saves and winning his sixth straight start. He became the third netminder to appear in that many games for the Ducks, joining Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Guy Hebert. ... Cam Fowler's second-period goal gave him his 100th career point. The defenseman later added an assist on Kyle Palmieri's overtime winner.
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