Ducks’ Andersen: ‘Everyone in this room knows we can beat this team’

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Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen exuded confidence in a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 on Sunday. He certainly didn’t seem to lose that swagger afterward, either, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus notes.

“Everyone in this room knows we can beat this team,” Andersen said.

Hey, when you make 32 saves (including plenty of challenging ones) in a big win like Andersen did, you probably earned a moment like this.

Ryan Kesler seconded him.

Bruce Boudreau likely enjoyed the result of a 1-0 series lead, yet he admits that the Ducks have room for improvement after Game 1.

The feeling was that Chicago dominated much of the contest, at least until the Ducks went into their “finding another gear in the third period” routine. Perhaps things were a little closer than they seemed, though?

Either way, the Ducks aim to hold serve at home by taking a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday. If nothing else, it sounds like Andersen isn’t shrinking from the spotlight.