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Ducks and Stars set to battle in Game 2 on TSN

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4/18/2014 3:46:38 PM
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(SportsNetwork.com) - The top-seeded Anaheim Ducks will aim for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference first round series tonight when they host the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center.

The game can be seen live on TSN and TSN GO at 10pm et/7pm pt.

Ryan Getzlaf will play after suffering a deep facial laceration late in Game 1 because of getting hit with a puck. He required multiple stitches to close the cut, but that x-rays were negative.

"He has no one to impress. He has a wife and kids. I think he looks good. This is playoff hockey," quipped Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

Getzlaf, a Stanley Cup winner in 2007 with the franchise, has 22 goals and 39 assists in 70 postseason appearances. Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, had a baby girl this morning as well.  

The Ducks' Matt Beleskey suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 and will not play Friday. Devante Smith-Pelly will likely start in place of Beleskey, but head coach Bruce Boudreau said others might get the chance to play on that line as well.

The Ducks led the West with 116 points -- 25 more than Dallas -- and their supremacy showed in the early portion of Wednesday's Game 1 victory. However, after jumping out to a four-goal lead, Anaheim was forced to hang on for a 4-3 decision in the opener.

Anaheim held a 4-0 lead just over nine minutes into the second period, but Dallas cut the deficit to two goals by the end of 40 minutes and made it a 4-3 game when Tyler Seguin scored with a little over six minutes remaining in the third period.

However, rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen, who got the start in net for Anaheim over Jonas Hiller, turned away all comers over the final six minutes to help the Ducks grab the early edge.

Andersen finished with 32 saves in his postseason debut for the Ducks, who used a 54-20-8 regular-season record -- the best in franchise history -- to secure the conference's top spot.

"We let up a little bit in the third after our fourth goal, so this is a good lesson for us," said Andersen, who became the first rookie goaltender in club history to win his playoff debut. "Hopefully we can prevent that from happening again."

Anaheim plans on sticking with Andersen in Game 2. Hiller led Anaheim with 50 appearances in net this season, but the veteran did not play in seven of Anaheim's final eight regular-season games.

Getzlaf and Beleskey each supplied a goal and an assist for the Ducks, with Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault supplying a goal apiece.

Anaheim's Teemu Selanne notched an assist for his 83rd career postseason point (42 goals, 41 assists) in 119 games. The 43-year-old future Hall of Famer plans on retiring at the end of the season.

Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour scored 1:33 apart late in the second to kick off Dallas' valiant comeback effort. Sceviour added an assist on Benn's goal while Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 35 shots for the Stars, who claimed the West's second wild card spot to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

"We had a tough start," Benn admitted. "They came out hot in their building. They are really good in this rink. I thought we battled back pretty good there but it just wasn't enough."

Benn and Sceviour were both making their playoff debuts, while the 22-year-old Seguin, a former Boston Bruin, now has 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) over 43 postseason contests.

This series marks the third all-time playoff meeting between these clubs and first since the Stars bested the Ducks in six games during the 2008 Western Conference quarterfinals.

After Game 2, the series will shift to Dallas for the next two meetings. The Stars will host Game 3 on Monday with Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday.

Projected Stars Lines

Benn - Seguin - Whitney
Roussel - Eakin - Chiasson
Cole - Horcoff - Garbutt
Sceviour - Fiddler - Nichuskin

Goligoski - Daley
Nemeth - Benn
Connauton - Gonchar

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Projected Ducks Lines

Smith-Pelley - Getzlaf - Perry
Winnik - Bonino - Palmieri
Cogliano - Koivu - Silfverberg
Maroon - Perrault - Selanne


Lindholm - Beauchemin
Fowler - Lovejoy
Allen - Robidas

Andersen

Garbutt shoves Robidas (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
ANA 4-3-0 past 7 at home vs DAL (reg+post) 4GF or more in each of the wins
Series PP: ANA 2/5, DAL 1/5
Both teams 35 shots in opener
ANA (Lead series 1-0):
led playoff series 1-0 last year and lost in 7
won 6 of their past 7 home games (reg+post), 28GF
Beauchemin, Beleskey, Getzlaf each 2PTS in opener
Andersen youngest playoff goalie in ANA history
DAL:
lost 5 straight series that they lost game 1
3-8-0 past 11 road games (reg+post), 37GA, 4/38 on PP
Seguin scored in opener, 1G in 22 playoff games last year
Sceviour (1G, 1A) in opener

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