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ANAHEIM 4, Chicago 1 – ANA leads series 1-0
DUCKS CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE, TAKE SERIES LEAD
Three different Anaheim Ducks players scored multiple points and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to help the Ducks remain perfect at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (6-0) and take a 1-0 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center.
* The Ducks are one win shy of matching their playoff record of seven consecutive home victories, established from April 30 to June 7, 2003 when they made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. Sunday marked Anaheim's first win against Chicago at Honda Center since March 20, 2013 (0-3-0).
* The Ducks are 9-1 this postseason, marking the first time in their history they've won nine of 10 games at any point in the postseason. They hadn't won at least nine of 10 games during the regular season since Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 18, 2014 (9-1-0); they won 10 consecutive games prior to that stretch (10-0-0: Dec. 6-28, 2013).
* Jakob Silfverberg (1-1—2) had his third straight multi-point performance (2-4—6), equaling a Ducks playoff record also achieved by Corey Perry (April 22 – May 3: 2-6—8 in 3 GP) and Ryan Getzlaf (April 30 – May 5: 1-7—8 in 3 GP) this postseason. Getzlaf was the only Ducks player to accomplish that feat during the regular season (Oct. 19-24: 1-5—6 in 3 GP).
* Elias Sports Bureau says the Ducks are the first team to have three different players each record three straight multi-point games in one playoff year since the 2011 Pittsburgh Penguins (Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal – all 3 GP).
* Getzlaf (2-11—13) had one assist to keep pace with Silfverberg (4-9—13) for second in playoff scoring (also tied with two others). They rank first and second in assists this postseason, respectively.
* Hampus Lindholm and Nate Thompson each scored a goal and an assist. Lindholm is tied for second among defensemen with 2-6—8 in 10 games this postseason. Thompson, who was mic'd up for his insurance goal, has 2-0—2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (6 GP) after collecting 1-3—4 in his first 22 career playoff games.
* Andersen is 9-1 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .930 save percentage this postseason. He was 3-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .899 save percentage in last year’s playoffs (7 GP).
* ICYMI: Andersen made 16 saves in the first period, including a lunging stick stop to rob Patrick Kane of an empty net chance and keep the game scoreless.
* Kyle Palmieri notched the eventual game-winning goal at 4:17 of the second period. It was his first decisive goal the playoffs (27 GP) – he has 13 such goals in 198 regular-season games.
* The Ducks are 5-0 when scoring first this postseason. They ranked third in the NHL with 36 wins in that scenario during the regular season (36-5-6, .766).
The Ducks outhit the Blackhawks 44-34, including a 25-10 margin in the first period. Anaheim averaged 21.4 hits per game through the first two rounds of the playoffs . . . Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner and Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell paced their respective teams with seven hits apiece. ... Ducks forward Matt Beleskey stretched his point streak to six games (5-1—6), but had his team playoff record goal streak halted at five games. … Anaheim (6-0) and Chicago (5-0) are the only teams yet to suffer a home loss this postseason. … The Ducks scored twice in the final period and have outscored their opponents 18-3 in the third period this postseason. Their 18 goals and plus-15 differential lead the NHL (no other team is better than +4). … Brad Richards scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks, the 35th of his playoff career. … The Blackhawks fell to 8-2 in their past 10 Game 1s. They are 3-2 in Game 1 of the Conference Finals since 2009. … Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook played in his 100th career playoff game. … Chicago's Duncan Keith paced all players with 28:25 TOI. He has averaged 30:25 TOI per game this postseason. … Ducks forward Jiri Sekac and Blackhawks defenseman David Rundblad each made their Stanley Cup Playoffs debuts. … Hampus Lindholm's goal at 8:48 of the first period marked the first time the Blackhawks trailed in a game since April 25 (Game 6 of first round vs. Nashville Predators). … ICYMI: Former Ducks forward Teemu Selanne was in attendance at Game 1 of the Western Conference Final. … Canada skated to a 6-1 win over Russia in the gold-medal game at the 2015 IIHF World Championship. The U.S. defeated the Czech Republic 3-0 to capture bronze.