The Anaheim Ducks took Game 1 of their second round series against the Calgary Flames, 6-1 on Thursday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Matt Beleskey, Patrick Maroon, Emerson Etem and Ryan Getzlaf notched a goal each, Corey Perry scored twice and Frederik Andersen stood tall between the pipes en route to victory.
Sam Bennett recorded Calgary's lone goal of the night.
Beleskey got Anaheim on the board 10:17 into the opening stanza with a snap shot right in front of the net. Hampus Lindholm fired a wrister from the blue line and missed wide, allowing the puck to bounce Kyle Palmieri on the left doorstep. Palmieri slid a backhand pass to Beleskey, who had no trouble converting.
Less than three minutes later, Maroon positioned himself in front of the crease and tipped home a Ryan Getzlaf attempt for the eventual game-winner.
Perry's first goal of the evening came 2:13 into the second period. The 29-year-old gained control behind Calgary's net, moved into shooting position without any defensive pressure and had little trouble finding twine. His second mark came on a third period power play, as did Getzlaf's tally.
Andersen faced just eight shots in each period en route to an easy win. Perry and Getzlaf finished with four points apiece -- the most in a single playoff game in franchise history.
3 things we learned
1. Jonas Hiller wasn't good enough
Hiller gave up two goals on three shots during Game 6 of the first round and was quickly pulled by head coach Bob Hartley, and it didn't take long for the Flames' bench boss to yank his starter again on Thursday. Hiller, a former Duck, surrendered three goals on 14 shots in Game 1 against Anaheim before departing in the middle frame. Kari Ramo wasn't great in relief (18 saves on 21 shots) but could get the start in Game 2.
2. Maroon is quietly producing alongside Getzlaf and Perry
Ducks forwards Getzlaf and Perry get a lot of attention -- deservedly so. But Maroon, their current left wing, often flies under the radar despite his noteworthy production. With four points (two goals, two assists) in five playoff games this spring, he's been a key member of Anaheim's potent offense.
3. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan were ineffective
Gaudreau and Monahan, both of whom fared well in the opening round, racked up six and five points against Vancouver, respectively. However, neither performed well on Thursday and finished with only one shot each. Gaudreau was especially bad and was benched late in the second period. Undoubtedly, these two need to be better for Calgary to have a chance in this series.