Sunday, May 17, 2015

Palmieri, Ducks Top Hawks in Western Final Opener

Kyle Palmieri’s (Notre Dame) second-period score stood up as the game-winner as the Anaheim Ducks opened the 2015 Western Conference Final on Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks at the Honda Center. Anaheim, which has won its last three games, is now 9-1 to date in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Palimieri’s goal made it a 2-0 game just over four minutes into the middle stanza. Andrew Cogliano (Michigan) helped put the Ducks up, 3-1, with an assist in the third period, before Anaheim closed out the scoring with an empty-net tally in the final minutes as the puck went in off Chicago captain Jonathan Toews (North Dakota).

The Ducks were outshot, 33-26, by the Blackhawks, who had a three-game winning streak in the first game of the Western Conference Final dating back to 2010 snapped. Chicago also had a five-game winning string in these playoffs broken, which dated back to April 24.

Game 2 will be held Tuesday night in California, before the series shifts to Illinois for Game 3 on Thursday.

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