ANAHEIM -- The number of hits grew with each period as bodies bounced off each other at Honda Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
There were 39 combined hits after one period and 64 after two periods. The final number was 83, which set the tone for the rest of the best-of 7 series which continues with Game 2 (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, PRIME) at Honda Center on Saturday.
"I don't think Winnipeg or us are going to turn into a bunch of ballerinas and play that kind of game," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice Friday. "We're both physical teams and there was a lot of hits. That's what makes seven-game series so interesting. I don't think too much will change. If anything, it will get ramped up because when you don't play a team since January, usually what happens in a series like this is you start to really dislike other people, and that becomes more evident as games go on."