The Dallas Stars played well at times Wednesday night, but 30 minutes into the game they found themselves down 4-0. The Ducks scored their first two goals off transition, tallying 1:53 into the game on their first shot and then added another at the 12:49 mark.
The Ducks then cashed in on a couple of power play chances to extend that lead to 4-0.
“First maybe 12 minutes, I felt we were playing well. They seemed to get the tougher scoring chances or the better scoring chances. Some days it goes like that,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “They’re a great team and have skilled guys. When they got good opportunities, they used it. It was a tough battle after being down 4-0.”
For the Ducks, it a perfect start to Game 1 of the series.
"I think it was us just being excited," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "Back on a big stage, and everybody wants to play and everybody wants to win.”
Quotable: Stars forward Tyler Seguin on the next game
“I think we were working hard. It is going to be a long series. That was definitely the message throughout the room. Now we have to bounce back and get ready for the next game.”
Quotable: Ducks forward Corey Perry on giving up three unanswered goals to the Stars
“A little adversity isn’t going to hurt us. We’ve got to learn how to play with the lead, especially down to the wire. All those things are going to help us.”
Ducks lose Beleskey, Getzlaf takes puck to face
Ducks forward Matt Beleskey left Wednesday’s game midway through the third period with a lower body injury and did not return. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he’s hopeful Beleskey can play Friday.
Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf left the game late in the third period after getting hit in the face with a puck off the stick of Stars forward Tyler Seguin. Boudreau said Getzlaf should be OK.
“I just know he’s getting stitched up right now,” Boudreau said. “That’s the only thing I’ve heard. I think he’s going to be OK, but he’ll probably have a nasty cut on the side of his mouth. I’ll know more tomorrow or later tonight.”
Dillon sits for Stars
Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon sat out Wednesday’s playoff opener with a lower body injury. Dillon, who was injured in Friday’s game against St. Louis, did not skate Wednesday.
“He's just not able to skate,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “He's not comfortable enough to skate.”
Dillon is listed as day to day.
*Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour both scored goals in their NHL playoff debuts.
*Both teams had 35 shots on goal. Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin led the Stars with five shots apiece. Corey Perry led the Ducks with six shots.
*The Stars were 1-5 on the power play. The Ducks were 2-5 on the power play.
*The Stars goal came on a five-on-three power play. They were 0-14 on five-on-three power plays during the regular season.
*The Stars won 37 of 83 faceoffs (45 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 13 of 19. Jamie Benn won 10 of 22. Cody Eakin won 5 of 20. Anaheim’s Saku Koivu won 14 of 19 and Ducks’ center Mathieu Perreault won 10 of 16.
*Anaheim blocked 21 shots in the game. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy had five blocked shots for the Ducks.
*Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski played a game-high 28:39 of ice time.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Antoine Rousse- Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Vernon Fiddler – Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney – Shawn Horcoff – Colton Sceviour
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Patrik Nemeth – Jordie Benn
Aaron Rome – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Kevin Connauton, Dustin Jeffrey, Chris Mueller
Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
Matt Beleskey – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg – Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Daniel Winnik – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Stephane Robidas
Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Sami Vatanen, Rickard Rakell, Devante Smith-Pelly, John Gibson
Injured: Tim Jackman (hand)
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