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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Palmieri hadn't scored a goal in the Anaheim Ducks' entire playoff run until he beat Corey Crawford in the Western Conference finals opener, sliding on his back in celebration of what turned out to be the game-winner.
With Palmieri and several lesser-known Ducks stepping up splendidly in the postseason, the Chicago Blackhawks realize they've got to match that depth.
The Ducks have had two of the world's top scorers atop their roster for several years, but Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry never had the supporting cast necessary to truly contend for another Stanley Cup title until now.
In fact, complementary players from both teams had a major role in Game 1 — and for Chicago, that wasn't a good thing.
The Ducks host the Blackhawks in Game 2 on Tuesday night.