NHL playoffs: Detroit's OT win forces Game 7

2013-05-11T00:00:00Z NHL playoffs: Detroit's OT win forces Game 7The Associated Press The Associated Press
May 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg took a big step as the leader of a storied franchise, snapping a scoring slump in a clutch way with his second goal in overtime.

The Detroit Red Wings Red Wings still have a shot to advance in the NHL playoffs.

Zetterberg netted his second goal 1:04 into overtime to lift Detroit to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend the first-round series.

"Those two were kind of ugly ones, but that's what you need in the playoffs," Zetterberg said.

Second-seeded Anaheim will host seventh-seeded Detroit on Sunday night in the deciding game.

"It hasn't really been a tremendous home-ice advantage," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't think where we play is really going to matter."

Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the last 3Ω minutes of the third period, sending the original six NHL team to a fourth OT in a series for the first time in franchise history. The Ducks, who joined the NHL during the 1993-94 season, also have played an extra period four times for the first time in the playoffs.

All four of those games ended in the first overtime.

Anaheim's Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan scored 51 seconds apart late in regulation to tie it at 3.

Zetterberg, who scored a go-ahead goal 6:19 into the third period on a power play, had a shot to win it with about a minute left. But his shot hit the right post and slid across the crease.

He found the back of the net with a slap shot from above the left circle to end the game and send the series back to California.

Zetterberg's first goal snapped a career-long, seven-game postseason skid - dating to last year's first-round exit against Nashville.

"If you're from Detroit, I guess it's just a matter of time," Boudreau said.

Zetterberg, who was 52 career playoff goals, has an NHL-high 50 goals in the playoffs since 2006.

The Red Wings, in their 22nd straight postseason, have a chance to win their first series after being down 3-2 since the 2002 Western Conference finals. They beat Colorado then and went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 34 saves, all in regulation, and Jonas Hiller stopped 25 shots.

Pavel Datsyuk netted the Red Wings' first goal of the pressure-packed game and Daniel Cleary created a two-goal cushion by scoring with 8:30 left in regulation.

Anaheim is trying to earn a spot in the second round for the first time since 2009, when it was eliminated by the Red Wings in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.

• Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1: In Boston, Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored, and James Reimer stopped 43 shots to help Toronto stay alive in the first-round playoff series.

With Boston ahead 3-2, Game 6 is Sunday in Toronto, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Monday, if necessary.

Boston has won both games in Toronto in the series and has not lost on the Leafs' home ice in the playoffs since 1959.

Zdeno Chara scored for Boston to cut the deficit to it 2-1 with 8:48 left. The Leafs killed off a delay-of-game penalty in the last four minutes and then protected the lead when the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask for an extra attacker with 1:11 left. Rask made 31 saves.

Only once in their history have the Leafs come back to win a playoff series after falling behind 3-1: In the 1942 Stanley Cup finals, when Toronto won four straight to take the title after losing the first three games against Detroit.

• Capitals 2, Rangers 1, OT: In Washington, Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Capitals regained the momentum - and the lead - in their first-round playoff series.

Ribeiro put in the puck after Troy Brouwer deflected a shot from the blue line.

The Capitals lead the series 3-2. Game 6 is Sunday in New York. The home team has won every game in the series.

Unlucky Washington has lost eight playoff series after taking a two-game lead.

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