ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks showed little signs of rust after an eight-day layoff following their first-round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets as they scored twice in the first period, twice in the second and twice more in the third en route to a 6-1 thrashing of the Calgary Flames in the first game of their second-round Western Conference playoff series at Honda Center.
How it happened: Although Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau wondered if his team might take a while to get back into stride, the Ducks moved from down time to high speed seamlessly as they used their quickness and significant size advantage to keep the Flames at bay from early in the first period through to the end of the game. They scored twice less than three minutes apart in the first period to set the tone, the second by the team's big line of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Patrick Maroon as the trio played keep-away with the puck in the Flames' zone, Maroon tipping home a great no-look backhand pass from Getzlaf in the corner. Perry would score just 2:13 into the second period after being abandoned by Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman and allowed to skate unimpeded to the front of the net, his first of two, and that was it for former Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots. Karri Ramo allowed the final three goals.
What it means: The Flames have two off days to figure out how to solve a team that is exponentially deeper, faster and more skilled than their first-round opponent, the Vancouver Canucks. We're guessing Ramo will get the start in Game 2 Sunday although it won't make much of a difference unless the Flames can find a way to get the puck away from the Ducks.
Player of the game: There were lots of folks who were touting Getzlaf, the Anaheim captain, as a Hart Trophy nominee, but he failed to find his way onto the final ballot. Oh well, there's always the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Getzlaf had a goal and three assists in the first round and matched that scoring line in Game 1 alone.
Stat of the game: Four goals, five assists. Those were the totals for the Ducks' top line with both Perry and Getzlaf collecting four points apiece. Did we mention they were a force?
What's next: Game 2 of the series will take place Sunday evening at 7 PT/10 ET at Honda Center in Anaheim.