Red Wings beat Ducks, 5-4, in OT to even series at 1-1
Gustav Nyquist's goal early in OT gives Red Wings vital Game 2 win in Anaheim
The Detroit Red Wings blew a 4-1 lead in the 3rd period of Game 2 Thursday night and allowed the Anaheim Ducks to send the game into overtime tied at 4-4 where the Red Wings got a goal from Gustav Nyquist to win, 5-4.
Detroit seemed to have the game in the bag until Anaheim snuck back into it in the 3rd period, rallying to tie it at 4-4 with three goals late in regulation.
View: Game 2 boxscore
Game 2 started well for the Red Wings. It took them just 48 seconds to get a 1-0 lead when Justin Abdelkader scored on the team's first shot of the game. That trend continued all night in Anaheim, but the Ducks never gave up.
The Red Wings built a 4-1 lead that wouldn't be enough down the stretch.
Damien Brunner made it 2-0 in the 1st period -- his first career playoff goal. Brunner jumped on a turnover caused by Joakim Andersson which gave him a clear shot on Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.
It was a quick start for the Red Wings who had fallen behind early in Game 1.
Detroit had an opportunity to go up 3-0 after the Ducks' Emerson Etem was called for high sticking. However, the power play was short-lived. Brunner went to the box for interference and the teams played 4-on-4.
The penalties continued as Patrick Eaves went to the box for high sticking. Anaheim got a 2-man-advantage opportunity, but the Ducks could not capitalize.
The Red Wings escaped to the dressing room in the 1st intermission with a 2-0 lead.
The 2nd period started just as the 1st did when Johan Franzen, who is no stranger to scoring key playoff goals, buried one from in front of the net, giving the Red Wings a 3-0 lead at the start of the period. The Wings had three goals on just 9 shots.
The Wings found themselves back in penalty trouble in the 2nd period and the Ducks finally got one past Howard while Valtteri Filppula was in the box for hooking. Saku Koivu scored the power play goal for Anaheim, their third of the series. It was 3-1 Detroit midway through regulation.
Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray was called for boarding when he hit Abdelkader from behind. Abdelkader, who was having a strong night, got up slowly but stayed in the game.
Detroit had a 3-1 lead after two periods of play.
The Red Wings scored early in the 3rd period, something they did in all three periods of Game 2. Franzen put one in on the power play to make it 4-1, his second goal of the game. It was just 20 seconds into the period.
The Ducks worked to stay alive in the 3rd with a goal midway through from Ryan Getzlaf. It became a game again when Kyle Palmieri made it 4-3 with less than 8 minutes remaining in regulation.
Hiller kept Anaheim's comeback hopes alive by turning away big scoring chances from the Wings who were looking for an insurance goal late in the 3rd. Anaheim even put one off the crossbar.
The Ducks finally tied it up 4-4 with a goal from Bobby Ryan.
Pavel Datsyuk nearly gave the Wings the go-ahead goal with seconds left in regulation but Hiller made the save on the backhand shot. The Ducks took a late penalty to give Detroit a power play with less than a minute remaining in regulation.
Finally, after starting the overtime period with time remaining on the power play, the Red Wings were able to put one home for the win. Nyquist was the hero.
Howard made 28 saves for the Wings while Hiller made 27 for the Ducks.
The teams meet again Saturday night for Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.