Anaheim, CA – Gustav Nyquist's first career playoff goal came 1:21 into overtime to help the Detroit Red Wings take a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Detroit had blown a three-goal lead in the third period, but went into overtime on the power play as Sheldon Souray was whistled for slashing with 38 seconds to play in regulation.
With time winding down on the man advantage, Daniel Cleary passed the puck from the right corner over to the right circle for Valtteri Filppula, who skated down low before sending it back to the left wing where Nyquist fired it in for the win.
"That was a huge goal for us and good for Gustav. Hopefully we can move forward. That was good, coming here and getting the split and going back home now," Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader said.
Damien Brunner had a goal and two assists, Johan Franzen tallied twice while Abdelkader also scored for the seventh-seeded Red Wings, who evened this best-of-seven series at 1-1. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves.
Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu each posted a goal and an assist, while Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf scored for the second-seeded Ducks, who got 27 saves from Jonas Hiller -- including a game-saver late in the third period on Pavel Datsyuk.
This series heads back to Detroit for the next two games, with Game 3 set for Saturday night.
Detroit got off to a quick start as Abdelkader scored 48 seconds in when his wrister from the slot tipped off the stick of Francois Beauchemin and went in, and it was 2-0 less than four minutes later as a pass through the middle in his own zone by Selanne saw it tipped by Kyle Quincey over to the slot where Brunner one-timed it home.
The Red Wings made it a 3-0 game at 1:04 of the second on the power play as Brunner's shot from the low left side was stopped, but Franzen snuck in the rebound.
Anaheim, though, got back in it with a power-play goal at 10:53 of the second after Selanne's shot from the left circle was stopped, but the rebound kicked out to the right and Koivu snuck it in.
The Red Wings made it a three-goal game 20 seconds into the third on the power play as Franzen took a pass from Henrik Zetterberg in the right corner and wrapped it in from the right side.
Anaheim, though, rallied with the next three goals to send the game to overtime.
"I think you're mostly disappointed every time you lose. And when you do come back to tie it, and lose it, is a little more disappointing," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
At the 7:50 mark, Getzlaf made it a 4-2 game when he brought the puck out from the left side of the net and from the slot he was able to get a backhand past Howard.
Less than five minutes later, the Ducks cut the margin to one as Nick Bonino sent a turnaround pass from the top of the left circle over to the right circle where Kyle Palmieri's shot was tipped by Selanne and past Howard.
The Ducks capped the comeback with 2:22 to play as Cam Fowler sent a short pass from the low left side to the circle where Ryan one-timed it home.
Datsyuk and Palmieri each posted two assists in the game ... This is the fifth time these two sides are meeting in the playoffs and each team has won two series ... Detroit was 3-for-6 on the man advantage while Anaheim went 1-for-5 ... Detroit took two of three in the regular season against Anaheim.