Anaheim’s Kyle Palmieri hadn’t scored in the Ducks’ first nine post-season games, but he finally connected in Game 1 of the Western Conference final. Nate Thompson, who registered the assist on the Palmieri’s game winner, was mic’d up for the celebration.
The Anaheim Ducks’ Game 1 game-winning goal didn’t come off the stick of Corey Perry or Ryan Getzlaf, but rather Kyle Palmieri. Thanks to the NHL, you can hear the Ducks — and Nate Thompson who got the primary assist — go wild during the on-ice celebration of Palmieri’s tally.
Thompson, who also notched the third goal of the game for the Ducks, was the most vocal of the celebrators as the Ducks crowded around a downed Palmieri. Check it out:
Palmieri’s goal was his first of the post-season and just his second point in the Ducks’ 10 playoff games, but it couldn’t have come at a better time. His goal made it 2-0, and though the Blackhawks would bring it closer thanks to a Brad Richards goal late in the second period, Palmieri’s goal stood as the game winner.
Thanks to Palmieri, and the very vocal Thompson, the Ducks now hold a 1-0 series lead over the Blackhawks in the Western Conference final.