Stanley Cup Playoffs: Anaheim Ducks Take Opener over Chicago Blackhawks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Frederik Andersen played a huge role in the Anaheim Ducks' ability to take Game 1 of their first Western Conference finals in eight years.
Andersen made 16 of his 32 saves in the first period, allowing his teammates to slowly take control of an eventual 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. He helped Anaheim kill off an early Chicago power play, keeping it scoreless until Hampus Lindholm beat Corey Crawford 8:48 into the game.
Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each finished with a goal and an assist, with Thompson and Silfverberg scoring in the final 7:55 after Brad Richards got the Hawks within 2-1 in the last minute of the second period.
Kyle Palmieri scored the eventual game-winner for the Ducks, who host Game 2 on Tuesday.
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