ANAHEIM -- The goal behind Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen must have looked as big as a soccer net to Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Kane, who has seven goals in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games, curled around the scrambling Andersen and had a good portion of the net at his command.
Kane flicked his wrists confidently, expecting to see the red light explode into color before his eyes. Instead, Andersen lunged, reaching desperately with his stick and was rewarded with the crack of frozen rubber hitting shellacked lumber. All Kane saw was orange while the Anaheim fans behind the goal rose to cheer a remarkable save.
"Yeah, he waited me out a little bit," Andersen said, explaining his flailing along the ice well above the blue paint of his crease in the sixth minute of the Ducks' 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at Honda Center. "I knew I had to try to throw my stick over and take [away] as much of the net as I could. Luckily he hit the stick."
The puck ricocheted off the paddle of his stick and over the cross bar and into the netting to force a faceoff and allow the Ducks to exhale a bit.