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Anaheim Ducks jump to 4-goal lead, hold off Dallas Stars 4-3 in playoff series opener

  • Anaheim Ducks' Mathieu Perreault, center, celebrates his goal near Dallas Stars' Vernon Fiddler during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks' Mathieu Perreault, center, celebrates his goal near Dallas Stars' Vernon Fiddler during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, of Finland, kneels on the ice after allowing a goal by Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen, of Finland, kneels on the ice after allowing a goal by Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.

Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Getzlaf and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.

Captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left to trim the Ducks' lead to one. Anaheim hung on with a handful of big saves from Andersen, a 24-year-old Danish rookie.

Game 2 is Friday.