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'Good chance' Andersen starts Game 2 for Ducks

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 8:24 PM

By Staff -  / Ducks-Stars series blog

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'Good chance' Andersen starts Game 2 for Ducks

Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen is in line to start Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, PRIME).

Frederik Andersen
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GAA: 3.00 | SVP: 0.914
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked Thursday if he would again turn to Andersen after the rookie made 32 saves in a 4-3 win in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut.

"There's a good chance," Boudreau said.

Andersen was chosen for Game 1 over veteran Jonas Hiller and top prospect John Gibson.

Andersen, 24, became the youngest goaltender in Ducks history to appear in a playoff game. He was beaten cleanly once, on Colton Sceviour's quick snap shot.

"[Andersen] played really solid,' Boudreau said. "You're not going to stop the backdoor goal. The second one was screened and deflected, and the third was a great tip. Anything that he could see that he got in front of, he stopped, and that’s what you ask of a goalie."

Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and Boudreau said he likely would play if he skates Friday morning. If not, Anaheim has options, including Patrick Maroon.

Devante Smith-Pelly took Beleskey’s spot in practice.

"It feels better. It's just day-to-day," Beleskey said. "It's been something that's kind of been bugging me. All year, it’s kind of been all over the place."

Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has a deep facial laceration but X-rays were negative and he is expected to play in Game 2. He did not skate Thursday.

Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon didn’t skate Thursday, and coach Lindy Ruff didn’t have an update on his return from a lower-body injury.

Ruff, asked if Dillion is close to skating, said, “Well, the room is approximately 150 feet from the rink, which means he’s close.”

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