Anaheim Ducks jump to 4-goal lead hold o from Melissa Underwood's blog

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Ryan Getzlaf spent the final seconds of the Anaheim Ducks' playoff opener in the dre sing room with Kenny Bell Jersey a large ice bag pre sed to a nasty cut on his left cheek.Playoff succe s usually requires a little discomfort, and the Ducks got a good taste of both in their opener.Getzlaf had a goal and an a sist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Ducks held on for a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 Chris Greenwood Jersey midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.Captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left to trim the Ducks' lead to one. Anaheim hung on with a handful of big saves from Andersen, a 24-year-old Danish rookie."We knew they were going to push," Palmieri said. "No team is going to go away, especially in the playoffs. We weathered the storm, and it'll help us going forward."Game 2 is Friday.Anaheim is the Western Conference's No. 1 seed for the first time after the best regular season in franchise history, setting new marks for victories (54), points (116) and goals (263) while winning its second straight Pacific Division title. Benjamin Watson Jersey The Ducks won their opener for the second straight year, but they lost in seven games to seventh-seeded Detroit last spring. They didn't even get 60 minutes into their post-season return without drama, nearly blowing a four-goal lead while losing two of their top-line Patrick Scales Jersey forwards to injury."I'm sure we didn't put the fear of God in them tonight, and they probably gained some confidence," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We didn't play that good. We gave the puck away too many times tonight, but we'll go back to the drawing board."

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