In the first four games of the Western Conference Final between Anaheim and Chicago, neither team has been able to win two consecutive games. And after the Blackhawks' 5-4 double-overtime win Saturday, the Ducks pushed quickly Monday to ensure that pattern would continue, scoring a pair of goals in 32 seconds early in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was first to score at Honda Center Monday, firing a wrist shot from the top of the circle past Hawks goalie Corey Crawford at the 5:10 mark of the first period for his second goal of the playoffs:
A little more than a half-minute later, Anaheim struck again when veteran center Ryan Kesler tipped a Jakob Silfverberg shot by Crawford for his sixth of the post-season:
The Hawks managed to settle down somewhat after that flurry of Ducks offense, but Anaheim maintained control for most of the opening frame, outshooting Chicago 8-0 through the first 14.5 minutes and making it 3-0 on their ninth shot of the night and Sami Vatanen's third of the playoffs.