Didn’t see this one coming!
Still flawless on the home ice, the Anaheim Ducks claim the first postseason match with a 4-1 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference final vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Ducks improved its overall record in the postseason to 9-1, but this win was played differently. The Ducks weren’t the dominant team, it was the Hawks who carried the shot attempts at a final tally of 70-53, and requiring their bottom-six forwards to come through offensively.
Hampus Lindholm, Kyle Palmieri and Nate Thompson scored the first three goals for the Ducks before Jakob Silfverberg scored an empty net.
Brad Richards scored a goal for the Hawks who are now facing their series deficit of the playoffs and had their five-game win streak end.
Frederik Andersen was the Star of the show, he stopped 32 shots, including the crazy denial on Kane, which allowed the Ducks to strike first and continue on that advantage.
If you take a look at the Ducks second goal – off the stick of Palmieri – was a moment in the game that showed Chicago’s bottom-pairing defense will have trouble in the series.
The Ducks may have nine wins, but this was just the third in which they have led for the entire game.
Game two will be on Tuesday, May 21, 8 p.m