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Red Wings pull out OT win after blowing lead to Ducks

FORREST LEE, The Sports Xchange

Detroit Red Wings Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg celebrate a goal during Game 2 of their playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim May 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Detroit Red Wings Justin Abdelkader and Henrik Zetterberg celebrate a goal during Game 2 of their playoff series with the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim May 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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Gustav Nyquist scored a power-play goal 1:21 into overtime, and the Detroit Red Wings regrouped to earn a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night at Honda Center.

The Red Wings evened the Western Conference quarterfinal series at a game apiece. The next two games are Saturday and Monday in Detroit.

Nyquist’s game-winner occurred after the Red Wings blew a three-goal lead. Bobby Ryan’s goal tied the game with 2:22 left in the regulation.

Johan Franzen gave the Red Wings a 4-1 advantage with the second of his two goals, a power-play tally 20 seconds into the final period. However, Anaheim launched a furious rally, getting consecutive goals by Ryan Getzlaf at 7:50, Kyle Palmieri at 12:31 and then Ryan, sending the sell-out crowd of 17,182 into a frenzy.

Damien Brunner had a goal and two assists, and Pavel Datsyuk added two assists for Detroit, which captured its third victory in four outings at Honda Center this season.

Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots for Detroit, while Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller recorded 27 saves.

Anaheim trailed 3-0 until Saku Koivu scored a power play goal at 10:53 of the second period. Still, the Red Wings appeared to be in control of the contest.

Detroit scored twice in the opening five minutes. Justin Abdelkader, on an assist from Datsyuk, gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 48 seconds into the game by slipping a wrist shot past Hiller.

After Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne and Cam Fowler failed to connect on a pass, Brunner grabbed the loose puck between the circles and beat Hiller with a shot for a 2-0 advantage at 4:20 of the first.

The Ducks failed to take advantage of a 21-second, two-man advantage in the first period after Patrick Eaves was whistled for high sticking.

A charging penalty on Koivu at the end of the first period proved to be costly. Detroit’s Johan Franzen converted on the power play, rebounding a miss by Brunner in a scrum in front of the Ducks’ net and scoring at 1:04 of the second for a 3-0 lead.


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