By winning, 4-1, in Game 1 of the
How would second-year goalie
Andersen saved 32 of 33 shots, aggressively poking a puck away from high-scoring Blackhawks forward
Was there enough scoring depth to win games if Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and
"That was the difference," Kesler said of Thompson's line. "They were on, played exceptional. That's why we won the game."
What about that young defense?
Not only did Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm, 21, help keep the Blackhawks to one goal in stopping their six-game winning streak, he scored the game's opening goal and now ranks second in
"Everyone in this locker room knows we can beat this team, and it's a good feeling that we showed this," Andersen said after the Ducks improved to 6-0 at home in the playoffs by toppling a team that's won two of the past five Stanley Cups.
"A lot of poise in net," Ducks forward
Anaheim won the marquee battle, as second-line center Ryan Kesler limited Chicago's first-line center Jonathan Toews to just one shot on goal with a minus-two rating.
And they dominated the secondary showdowns.
In addition to assisting Palmieri on his first goal of the postseason in the second period, Thompson rebounded a shot past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford for a 3-1 lead more than midway through the third period.
"Sometimes, the top guys match out a little bit," said forward
The Ducks, who've outscored playoff foes, 18-3, in the third period, iced the victory by affirming their depth — forward
With that and his assist of Lindholm's opening goal, Silfverberg now ranks tied for second in league playoff scoring (13 points) and second in assists (nine).
After giving up a late second-period goal, Anaheim impressively killed off two Chicago power plays during a 4:28 stretch early in the third period.
And the Ducks made Chicago pay for the injury absence of defenseman
Chicago's top defenseman
"Like the rest of us, we'll try to keep on improving from today," Keith said, with Game 2 Tuesday night at Honda Center.
Given Sunday's events, that's a day the Ducks look forward to.
"When we gave up that goal at the end of the second period, a lot of people might look at that as a huge momentum shifter, but we came back into this room very confident and came out and did the job," Palmieri said.