Ducks win first round in Western slugfest

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne celebrate after a goal in the second period against the Dallas...

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne celebrate after a goal in the second period against the Dallas Stars during Game Wednesday at the Honda Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

ANAHEIM - This first-round matchup has been billed as a tag-team tilt — the Anaheim Ducks' dynamic duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry against the Dallas Stars' potent pair of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

And if Wednesday's series opener — a 4-3 victory for the Ducks — is any indication, it's going to be a slugfest.

Getzlaf was a force to be reckoned with Wednesday, scoring once, adding an assist and throwing his weight around, while Perry had one helper and dented the post on a powerplay.

Not to be outdone, Benn scored on the man-advantage late in the second stanza after the Stars had spotted the Ducks a 4-0 lead and Seguin added one of his own with a third-period deflection to trim the lead to one and really make things interesting at Honda Center.

That is, as it turned out, as close as the Stars would get.

"A little adversity is not going to hurt us," Perry said. "Those things, they're going to happen. We stuck with our game plan and did the right thing at the end of the game."

It wasn't all good news for the Ducks.

Getzlaf exited in obvious pain after Seguin's slapshot hit him in the face in the final minute and was getting stitched up after the final buzzer.

The Ducks also lost left-winger Matt Beleskey, who had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win, to a lower-body injury, although Anaheim's bench boss Bruce Boudreau is hopeful both will be available for Friday's Game 2.

"(Getzlaf) takes one in the face late in the game — that's what leadership is," Boudreau said. "If you're sitting on the bench and you see your captain doing that and you don't pay the price to succeed, then everyone will get on you."

Hockey fans have been anxious to watch Getzlaf and Perry trade tallies with Benn and Seguin, but the difference in Round 1 between these top-notch tandems was the performance of Ducks rookie puck-stopper Frederik Andersen.

The 24-year-old from Denmark finished with 32 saves, including four saves on Benn and four more on Seguin.

In fact, the game might have been much different if not for Andersen's kick save on Seguin on just the second shift of the night.

Instead of an early lead for the out-of-towners, Kyle Palmieri opened the scoring for the Ducks less than a minute later, accepting a sweet saucer pass from linemate Nick Bonino and making a slick deke to his backhand before tucking the puck behind Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen.

Getzlaf doubled the lead when he cleaned up Matt Beleskey's leftovers from the edge of the blue paint, then Mathieu Perreault potted a powerplay goal just before the first intermission, likely prompting many fans in the Atlantic or Eastern time zones to switch off their TV sets and get some shut-eye.

Beleskey added another goal on a man-advantage before the Stars finally solved Andersen with two goals in a 93-second span.

The rookie goalie had denied 23 straight shots before Benn's goal on a five-on-three powerplay.

Stars rookie Colton Sceviour collected an assist on Benn's goal and added one of his own shortly after, squeezing a shot through Andersen's pads to suck some of the life out of the orange-clad crowd at Honda Center.

Seguin got a piece of Trevor Daley's shot with just over six minutes remaining to really make the spectators nervous.

"We didn't put the fear of God into (the Stars) tonight," Boudreau said. "And they probably gained some confidence by it."

Sure did.

"It is going to be a long series," Seguin promised. "That was definitely the message throughout the room. Now we have to bounce back and get ready for the next game."

Lehtonen made 31 stops for the Stars in Game 1.

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