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Frederik Andersen stands tall as Anaheim Ducks beat Blackhawks 4-1 in West Conf finals opener

  • Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, right, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw, as Ryan Getzlaf looks on during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, right, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw, as Ryan Getzlaf looks on during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, left, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen, left, blocks a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette during the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference final during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, May 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)  (The Associated Press)

Hampus Lindholm, Nate Thompson and Jakob Silfverberg each had a goal and an assist, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the Western Conference finals with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and Kyle Palmieri also scored for the Ducks. They opened their first conference finals in eight years with a strong all-around performance while improving to 9-1 in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Both teams' top offensive stars were shut down in the opener, but the Ducks' supporting cast contributed timely scoring, capped by Thompson's goal with 7:55 to play and Silfverberg's empty-net goal with 1:18 left.

Brad Richards scored late in the second period and Corey Crawford stopped 23 shots for Chicago, which hadn't lost since April 23.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Anaheim.