Anaheim's Kyle Palmieri (foreground) looks back as teammate Matt Beleskey scores the first goal of Game 1 against Calgary Thursday. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Ducks' offense is usually led by stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. But in Game 1 of their second-round series against Calgary, Anaheim got a gorgeous no-look pass from Kyle Palmieri to seize the first lead of the night and trigger a slew of goals from the Ducks.
The Anaheim Ducks' offense is normally powered by star forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but in Game 1 of their second-round series against Calgary Thursday, winger Kyle Palmieri got things started with an outstanding no-look pass to Matt Beleskey for the first goal of the game.
The teams had just passed the halfway mark of the first period in Anaheim when Palmieri corralled a puck off the end boards and almost instantly flipped it behind him to Beleskey, who was directly in front of Calgary's net and promptly scored his first of the playoffs:
Palmieri's assist was his first post-season point this year and the ninth playoff point of his NHL career. It also began a run of four unanswered goals for Anaheim to put the Flames in a deep hole by the middle of the second period.
If the Ducks continue to get scoring from players other than their stars, this could be a short and painful series for Calgary.