CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Kyle Palmieri has gotten good at getting hot. Now he’d just like to score with some consistency.
Palmieri had a goal and an assist and the New Jersey Devils hung on to beat the Calgary Flames 2-1 on Friday night.
Palmieri scored 6:22 into the game after Flames defenseman Mark Giordano got caught pinching and New Jersey broke out on a 3-on-2. Palmieri kept the puck and whipped a shot past Chad Johnson high on his blocker side.
It was the ninth goal for Palmieri, who had a career-high 30 last season to lead New Jersey. The 25-year-old has five goals in his last 12 games.
“It feels good to contribute offensively,” Palmieri said. “Any guy that scores goals feels like they come in bunches so you’re going to go through hot streaks and cold streaks. It’s something where I want to stay consistent and do whatever it takes to help my team win.”
New Jersey snapped a four-game skid after Palmieri scored and then assisted on Taylor Hall’s goal with 1:29 left in the first period. Keith Kinkaid stopped 31 shots while filling in for Devils starter Cory Schneider.
“It hasn’t been easy for us, putting pucks in the back of the net this year,” Palmieri said. “But it’s something that if we keep putting…
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