The Anaheim Ducks did their best to give it away, but in the end, they held on to defeat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in game one of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series in the NHL playoffs.
Starting with Kyle Palmieri’s goal 1:53 into the game, Anaheim built up a 3-0 first period lead thanks to crisp passes, beautiful skating and a determination to prove its dominance over the lower-seeded Stars. That lead would be stretched to 4-0 midway through the second period after a power-play goal by Matt Beleskey.
Though the game seemed out of reach, the Stars wouldn’t go down without swinging. After back-to-back penalties late in the second period gave Dallas a two-man advantage, captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored within two minutes of each other to make it a two-goal game after two.
Tyler Seguin would make it 4-3 with six minutes left in the game, but it wasn’t enough as the Ducks were able to hang on for the victory.
Ryan Getzlaf, who left late in the third after taking a Seguin slapshot to the face, and Mathieu Perreault also scored for the Ducks.
Game two is on Friday at 10pm ET.
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