The sting of last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs was a talking point for the Anaheim Ducks in training camp. It was referenced liberally this week and literally worn on their sleeves in the form of "Unfinished Business" T-shirts. They followed through Wednesday with a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series at Honda Center. The Ducks blitzed the Stars with a three-goal first period, and rookie goalie Frederik Andersen won his NHL playoff debut. Game 2 is Friday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS, FS-W, FS-SW), and the Ducks' immediate concern was the status of captain Ryan Getzlaf, who took a Tyler Seguin slap shot to the face with 16 seconds left and went to the dressing room. "He's getting stitched up," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He should be OK, but he had a pretty nasty cut." Andersen, who got the nod over veteran Jonas Hiller and fellow rookie John Gibson, justified Boudreau's decision by making 32 saves. The Ducks revived their underachieving power play with two scores in a statement playoff game, their first since they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals. Dallas played its first playoff game since May 19, 2008, and looked ill-equipped to handle Anaheim's skill and depth at the start in a pumped-up arena. Jamie Benn scored during a two-man advantage at 16:36 of the second period, and Colton Sceviour beat Andersen on a quick snap shot at 18:11 to pull the Stars to 4-2.
Ducks build big lead, hold off Stars in Game 1
NHL.com | Apr 17