Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Corey Perry Scores Twice as Ducks Topple Flames 6-1 for 1-0 Series Lead

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Corey Perry Scores Twice as Ducks Topple Flames 6-1 for 1-0 Series Lead

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Perry, Getzlaf lead Ducks over Flames


ANAHEIM, Calif. - Jonas Hiller knows what the Anaheim Ducks do best -- crash the crease and use their size to make life difficult for opposing goaltenders. He saw that physical approach on the other end of the ice for seven seasons.

Now a member of the Calgary Flames, Hiller faced his former team and their familiar style of play in the post-season for the first time on Thursday. The results weren't good.

Hiller was pulled after allowing three goals in the first 22:13 as the Flames dropped the opening game of their second-round series against the Ducks 6-1.

"We knew they were strong in front of the net, but we didn't do a good enough job to block them out," Hiller said. "I thought they were able to walk in, even in the slot, and had quite a few good scoring chances. We definitely got to work harder there, and I got to make one or two more saves, and it might be different."

Corey Perry had two goals and two assists and Ryan Getzlaf scored once and set up three more for the Ducks, who showed no signs of rust after an eight-day layoff following their sweep of the Winnipeg Jets. Emerson Etem, Matt Beleskey and Patrick Maroon also scored.

Every even-strength goal produced by the Ducks came within 10 feet of Hiller or replacement Karri Ramo.

Beleskey put the Ducks on top 1-0 at the 10:17 mark of the first period, capitalizing on a gaping net after a pass from Kyle Palmieri from the edge of the crease. Maroon doubled the lead 2:54 later with a backhand goal from practically on top of Hiller.

"They're a big team," Calgary's Matt Stajan said. "If you lose body position, they're going to make you pay. They got skill and size so we got to tidy it up, everybody does. All their goals were pretty similar and their power play was effective tonight. We know what we got to do and now we got two days to get ready for the next one."

Hiller made 11 saves, and Ramo stopped 18 shots. Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for the Ducks. …

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