Ducks top Blackhawks in Western opener with 4-1 win

Sun May 17, 2015 8:49pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The Anaheim Ducks won the opening game of the Western Conference final with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in California on Sunday thanks to outstanding play by Danish goaltender Frederik Andersen.

The Ducks, seeking their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since winning the trophy in 2007, opened a 2-0 lead on goals from defenseman Hampus Lindholm and forward Kyle Palmieri and Andersen, who had 33 saves for the game, allowed only one goal.

That came on Chicago center Brad Richards' unassisted tally late in the second period.

"He was very good," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau of Andersen. "He had game confidence. He looked composed today. I didn't see him look rattled at all. He handled the puck well."

Andersen said he was delighted his team had started off the series with a win on home ice.

"It is always great to win that first one," he said. "We don't want to let them take the momentum and we want to defend our home ice.

"I think everyone in the locker room knows we can beat this team and it is good feeling that we could show that in Game One. But they are going to come harder now."

The best of seven series continues with Game Two at Anaheim on Tuesday.

The Ducks extended their lead to 3-1 on Nate Thompson's wrist shot in the third and Jakob Silfverberg wrapped up the win with an empty netter late in the period.   Continued...

May 17, 2015; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson (R) skates past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (L) after scoring a goal during the third period in game one of the Western Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports