NHL Game Summary - Dallas at Anaheim|
(Wednesday, April 16th)
Final Score: Anaheim 4, Dallas 3
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Getzlaf and Matt Beleskey each supplied
a goal and an assist, as the Anaheim Ducks scored the game's first four goals
before surviving a scare down the stretch to claim a 4-3 win over the Dallas
Stars in Game 1 of a Western Conference quarterfinal clash at Honda Center.
Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault tallied a goal apiece during the early
Anaheim flurry, which staked the West's top seed to a 4-0 lead just over nine
minutes into the middle stanza.
Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored 1:33 apart later in the second to slice
the Stars' deficit in half before Tyler Seguin's tip-in with 6:07 left in the
third brought the visitors within one.
However, rookie Frederik Andersen, who got the start in net for Anaheim over
Jonas Hiller, turned away all comers over the final six minutes to help the
Ducks grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Andersen finished with 32 saves in his postseason debut for the Ducks, who
used a 54-20-8 regular-season record -- the best in franchise history -- to
secure the top spot in the West.
"We let up a little bit in the third after our fourth goal, so this is a good
lesson for us," said Andersen, who became the first rookie goaltender in club
history to win his playoff debut. "Hopefully we can prevent that from
It wasn't all good news for Anaheim however, as Beleskey and Getzlaf both left
the game with injuries. Beleskey sustained a lower-body injury, while Getzlaf
took a slap shot to the face in the closing minutes of the contest.
"I just know he's getting stitched up right now. That's the only thing I've
heard," Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau said of Getzlaf. "I think he's going
to be OK, but he'll probably have a nasty cut on the side of his mouth."
Sceviour also added an assist in the setback, while Kari Lehtonen allowed four
goals on 35 shots for the Stars, who claimed the West's second wild card spot
to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
"We had a tough start," Benn admitted. "They came out hot in their building.
They are really good in this rink. I thought we battled back pretty good there
but it just wasn't enough."
Game 2 of this series is set for Friday in Anaheim.
Beleskey's power-play goal 9:04 into the second period pushed Anaheim's lead
to 4-0, but the Stars scored twice in under two minutes later in the frame,
starting with Benn's power-play goal at 16:36.
After Benn found the back of the net from the low right circle with the Stars
on a 5-on-3, Sceviour snuck a shot under Andersen's pads from the right circle
just 1:33 later to bring the visitors within 4-2.
Seguin tipped-in a Trevor Daley right point shot with just over six minutes to
play, but the Stars were unable to find the equalizer down the stretch.
Early on, Palmieri put the Ducks in front under two minutes in when he
converted a 2-on-1 rush with a backhander off a slick saucer pass from Nick
Bonino to make it 1-0 at 1:53.
The Ducks doubled their lead later in the frame, as an odd-man rush saw
Getzlaf put home a rebound off a Beleskey blast for a 2-0 lead at 12:49.
Perreault capped Anaheim's three-goal first frame with a power-play marker in
the final minute, as he buried a one-timer from the low right side to make it
3-0 with 29.7 seconds showing on the clock.
At 24 years and 196 days, Andersen is the youngest goaltender in Ducks history
to appear in a postseason game ... This marks the third all-time playoff
meeting between these clubs and first since the Stars bested the Ducks in six
games during the 2008 Western Conference quarterfinals ... Anaheim's Teemu
Selanne notched an assist for his 83rd career postseason point (42 goals, 41
assists) ... Benn and Sceviour both scored in their playoff debuts.
04/17 02:08:58 ET