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

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    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)

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    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)

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    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)

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    The shot by Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn enters the net past Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, of Denmark, during the second 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)

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    Anaheim Ducks' Kyle Palmieri (21) celebrates his goal with Nick Bonino (13), Francois Beauchemin (23) and Daniel Winnik (34) near Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen(32), of Finland, 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.

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