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The Anaheim Ducks open the playoffs as the Wests top seed and hope to get a quick start on Wednesday when they host the Dallas Stars at the Honda Center for Game 1 of a best-of-seven series. Adidas Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys . You can catch all of the action live on TSN with coverage beginning at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt. Few teams looked as unbeatable as the Ducks at the start of the season. But after a dominating effort for a good part of the season, Anaheim started to slip a bit heading into the Olympic break and had posted a mark of just 14-12-3 during a 29-game span from Jan. 17-April 6. The Ducks then capped the regular season with four straight victories, but presumed playoff starter Jonas Hiller was not in net for any of those games. Hiller, in fact, did not play in seven of Anaheims final eight games and has not won since March 26. Still, head coach Bruce Boudreau is likely to go with Hiller over the inexperienced Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, neither of whom have ever played in an NHL playoff game. Hillers postseason numbers are not terrible, with the 32-year-old pending free agent having gone 10-10 with a 2.31 goals against average, .935 save percentage and three shutouts in 20 games. Given the fact that the Ducks led the NHL with 3.21 goals per game this season, Boudreau may be able to roll the dice with Hiller and hope the netminder can recapture the form that saw him post a club-record 14-game winning streak from Dec. 6-Jan. 12. Forward Corey Perry was second in the league with 43 goals to go along with a plus-32 rating, while center Ryan Getzlaf finished fifth in the NHL with 56 assists and second to only Pittsburghs Sidney Crosby in points with 87. Ducks winger Teemu Selanne is expected to retire at seasons end and the 43- year-old could have some extra juice for this postseason. He comes into the series having totaled 42 goals and 82 points in 118 career playoff games. "This is the best time for hockey players," Selanne said. "Youve got to enjoy every day and every moment. Every little thing matters. Even a little thing can turn the whole series around." The Stars overhauled their identity this past offseason in an effort to reach the postseason for the first time since 2008. It worked. Under the guidance of first-year coach Lindy Ruff and offensive threat Tyler Seguin, the Stars claimed the Western Conferences second wild card position. Sure, they got some help from a slumping Phoenix Coyotes club, which had lost seven straight before beating the Stars in a meaningless regular-season finale, and Dallas did just enough by going 3-4-0 down the stretch, but the results are in the bottom line. And what a line it was for Seguin, who the Stars acquired this past offseason from the Boston Bruins. The 22-year-old brought rumors of immaturity with him to Dallas, but with the Stars all he did was show the skill that led to him being the second overall pick of the 2010 draft. Seguin led Dallas across the board with 37 goals, 47 assists and 84 points -- all career highs -- and now brings 42 games of playoff experience to the Stars. Seguin has six goals and 12 assists in the postseason and was part of the Cup- winning 2010-11 Bruins club. His presence also helped Stars captain Jamie Benn soar to new heights. The winger set new career highs with 34 goals, 45 assists and 79 points in 81 games, and the duo of Seguin and Benn was a big reason that the Stars finished 10th in the NHL with 2.82 goals per game. Six other Dallas skaters reached double figures in goals, including Ryan Garbutt (17 goals) and Cody Eakin and Erik Cole, who had 16 goals apiece. Rookies Valeri Nichushkin (10th overall pick of the 2010 draft) and Alex Chiasson also were steady contributors and Dallas has veteran depth in Ray Whitney and Shawn Horcoff. Defensively, Alex Goligoski had an excellent campaign, with his 42 points a career high and his best total since logging 37 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009-10. However, inexperience could be an issue in net with No. 1 Kari Lehtonen, who owns just two career playoff games to his resume and none since 2006-07 with the Atlanta Thrashers. He was solid this regular season, going 33-20-10 with a 2.41 goals against average and .919 save percentage. Should Lehtonen struggle early, Ruff will have the option of going to veteran Tim Thomas, acquired at this years trade deadline. Thomas didnt wow in eight games with Dallas, but has outstanding playoff numbers at 29-21 with a 2.07 GAA, .933 save percentage and six shutouts. Of course, he also won the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy with Boston in 2011. The Stars won two of their three meetings with the Ducks this season, with the clubs exchanging 6-3 home victories before Dallas claimed a 2-0 win at Anaheim on Feb. 1. Lehtonen did not face the Ducks this season and is 9-7-3 with a 2.41 GAA against them in 19 career meetings. Hiller went 0-2 with a 3.91 GAA in three meetings this season, pulled in the first meeting in Anaheim back on Oct. 20. "We know them well and we?ve had some success against them," said Goligoski. "Theyre fast and theyre a bigger team, and they obviously had a great season. Were looking forward to the challenge." This marks the third all-time playoff meeting between these clubs and first since the Stars bested the Ducks in six games during the 2008 Western Conference quarterfinals. That avenged a six-game series loss to Anaheim in the 2003 semifinals. Anaheim also will host Game 2 of this series on Friday. The Ducks were 29-8-4 as the home team this season, while Dallas was just 17-20-4 as the visitors. 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"Maybe they dont fear us as before," Pique said on Monday, "because in the last two years we didnt win the Champions League.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The New York Giants had gone so long between wins they had started dreaming of what it might feel like. After beating the woeful Tennessee Titans, they dont need to dream anymore.Odell Beckham Jr. had 130 yards receiving and Andre Williams ran for 131 more as they became the first rookies to top 100 yards in the same game in team history, and the Giants routed the Titans 36-7 Sunday to snap their seven-game skid.It was the Giants first win since Oct. 5, a span made even longer thanks to their bye.It does seem like forever, Giants running back Rashad Jennings said. You forgot how good it feels to win and to validate all of the hard work. Now we get to be on the other side of the excitement for a little bit.Beckham now is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 90 yards receiving in six straight games. The Giants also sacked the Titans quarterbacks eight times, knocking rookie Zach Mettenberger out of the game. They also came up with three turnovers and turned Tennessee over on downs twice.New York coach Tom Coughlin wouldnt say he was relieved, just proud to finally win. His Giants (4-9) werent nearly as shy. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said it was a relief to end the skid.It is all about pride now, Pierre-Paul said. We have a losing season, or a losing record or whatever, but all we have to do now is finish strong. At the end of the day as professionals, we have to do our job and we did that.The Titans (2-10) now know exactly how the Giants felt coming into this game. They now have lost seven straight and 11 of 12.Its disappointing, Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. Weve only won two games, and were still playing the same way. We always say were going to change, and nothing changes.Here are some things to know about the Giants big win:MULTI-THREAT BECKHAM: The rookie now has 723 yards receiving over his past six games, joining Bill Groman (1960) as the only rookies to reach 700 yards or better in a six-game span. The Giants also made sure to get the ball into the hands of their electrifying rookie a couple different ways: letting him throw and run. Beckham was happiest aboutt the pass on the opening drive taking a toss from Manning, sprinting to his right and then throwing to the end zone incomplete where Rueben Randle was in double coverage. Authentic Olli Maatta Jersey. e threw it about 65 yards pretty effortlessly, Eli Manning said. It was close to a hit. We hit a couple of reverses, so we tried to get them with the pass, but they played it pretty well. He makes it look pretty easy.METTENBERGERS SHOULDER: The Titans started rookie Zach Mettenberger at quarterback after he sprained his right, throwing shoulder last week in a loss at Houston. Being sacked a fifth time by the Giants wound up hurting that shoulder again, forcing the rookie from the game early in the fourth quarter. An MRI exam is planned for Monday, but Mettenberger appeared to be in pain when he talked with reporters.Yeah, it doesnt feel good right now, but honestly I cant tell you, Mettenberger said.NEW YORKS OTHER ROOKIE: Williams got the start with Rashad Jennings ankle keeping him out of practice all week. Jennings only had to carry twice with the rookie running 24 times for 131 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown that was the Giants longest run all season. Williams had only the second 100-yard rushing game this season to go along with the 176 yards Jennings ran for against Houston on Sept. 21 against Houston.THIRD QUARTER WOES NO MORE: The Giants had been outscored 109-34 in the third quarter this season. Against the Titans, the Giants wound up with a 10-7 advantage thanks to Williams TD run. The Titans big obstacle is simply falling behind before scoring, having been outscored 84-0 in their past four games combined before their first point.INJURIES AND MORE INJURIES: The Titans were without offensive tackles Taylor Lewan and Michael Oher for a second straight week and had to play Terren Jones, signed Tuesday, when Byron Stingilys ankle wouldnt let him return. Tennessee also lost cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a dislocated shoulder, while safety Daimion Stafford had a concussion.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Teresa M. 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