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Ducks hold off spirited Stars comeback, take 1-0 series lead

Apr 17, 2014, 1:08 AM EDT

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At the 30 minute mark of tonight’s game, the Ducks looked like they’d cruise to victory.

But that’s why they play the whole 60.

After building up a four-goal lead, the Ducks held on as the Stars rallied to come within one before ultimately losing 4-3 in Wednesday’s series opener at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Through the first half of tonight’s game, the home team dominated. Anaheim scored three times in the opening frame, the first coming just 1:23 in when Kyle Palmieri put a backhand past Kari Lehtonen. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf made it 2-0 at the 12 minute mark, and Mathieu Perreault pushed the lead to three with just 30 seconds remaining in the frame, scoring the first of two Anaheim power play goals.

The second period started much like the first, as Matt Beleskey scored with the man advantage to make it 4-0 Ducks — but that’s when things got interesting.

Dallas started to push, and was rewarded when Jamie Benn scored his first-ever playoff goal at the 16:36 mark. Less than two minutes later, Colton Sceviour scored to cut the Ducks lead to two, and the Stars went into the second intermission full of life, determined to push forward in the third.

And push they did.

Dallas scored again with just under seven minutes remaining in the game, as Tyler Seguin tipped home a Trevor Daley wrister to cut a seemingly insurmountable lead to just one. That led to some furious action down the stretch in which the Stars looked for an equalizer, but were unable to convert.

The frantic action at the end did come at a cost, though — Getzlaf was struck in the face by a Seguin shot with 16 seconds remaining. Bloodied, Getzlaf immediately left the playing surface and there was no immediate update as to his condition.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    I’m thinkin Getzalf just might have a broken jaw. Losing him would really benefit the Stars.

  2. stakex - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Wow, I had turned this game off after the first half because it was turning into a slaughter. Good for the Stars showing some fight like that, but you can’t play that awful for the first half of the game an expect to win.

  3. ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    I didn’t stay up to watch this one (watched the other two though). Any Ducks fans with insight on how Andersen did? Weak goals, or no? Are you comfortable with him the rest of the way?

    • flash8910 - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      In general, I thought he did pretty good.

      The first goal was a gift. It was a result of a pretty weak “too many men” penalty while the Ducks were already short handed. Even then it took a fortunately bounce where the puck bounced across the crease, and right on to the stick of Benn for a 5 on 3 PP goal.

      The second goal wasn’t the greatest, but the fault goes to several parties. It was a quick shot, but not the strongest. Freddie could have easily stop it. First of all, the D left a man open at the circle. Second, there was a D right in front of Freddie so I am not sure if Freddie even saw it.

      The third was a good mid-air tip by Seguin. I don’t think Freddie had a chance. Robi was able to tie up Seguin.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        thanks for the insight. are you a Ducks fan? if so, are you comfortable with him for this postseason, or at least this series?

        I only ask because I’ve been a huge fan of his in Norfolk, but don’t often stay up til 1AM on work nights. Rooting for Freddy big time.

      • areaman714 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        The Hiller-hater type analysis would be “He gave up three softies”

      • flash8910 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        I am absolutely comfortable with Freddie in goal. Hiller has always been tricky to deal with. He can be absolutely brilliant. Then he can let in ridiculously soft goals. Personally, I would rather stick with Freddie’s consistency.

    • areaman714 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      He played well. Stopped a lot of shots, left a couple of rebounds that didn’t come back to bit him . . . made a few very good saves. He faced a lot of shots but wasn’t really tested. In summary, he played well enough to start game two. I was at the game four rows from the ice.

  4. billiam55 - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    impressed that dallas came back to within 1.

  5. tfilarski - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    hopefully was just nerves for the stars in that first 30. looking to see a competitive series

  6. fpstratton - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Overall, the Ducks can’t be too happy with this game. As talented and gifted as this team is, it just seems to lose concentration and focus. It barely allowed them to get past the eighth-seeded Stars in this game, but should it happen in the next round against, say, The Blackhawks or Avalanche, you can kiss the season good bye. Of further concern are the injuries to Beleski and Getzlaf. Game 2 should be captivating TV because the Stars seemed to figure a few things out the last period and a half. Lindy Ruff-coached teams don’t quit, and this one didn’t either.

    • areaman714 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Maybe. If it wasn’t for a flukey high stick by Robidas and a very nebulous too many men call, the Ducks win that one going away . . .

  7. darksidecowboy - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    With the majority of the Stars roster playing in their first playoff game it was no surprise they came out without the fight and intensity it took to get to the playoffs. The Ducks did the opposite and crushed the Stars in the first period. I like most fans thought game over, and contemplated Fridays game. However with Jamie Benn scoring his first playoff goal he led the team back within inches of an upset. I think with the new game jitters out of the way they’ll rebound and pull off a much needed win. Friday game 3 – 2 Stars. This series will go to seven games, whoever has the momentum from game six will win this thing, GO STARS!!!

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