The Detroit Red Wings stayed alive in their Western Conference Quarterfinal on Friday night, defeating the Anaheim Ducks in overtime by a score of 4-3 to force the first Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday in Anaheim.
It was a tactical game that saw the Wings score late in the first period on a beauty by Pavel Datsyuk. The Ducks battled back in the second and tied the game after a puck bounced into the Red Wings net off the chest of Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith.
In the third, Detroit opened up a 3-1 lead and looked to have the game in hand with less than five minutes to go, before late goals from Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan forced the game into extra time.
But it didn't take long to finish things off. At just 1:04 of overtime, after an Anaheim icing call, Henrik Zetterberg tallied his second of the game—and the series—with helpers from Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk to win the game 4-3 and tie the series at three games apiece.
The big lines were key for both teams tonight but in the end, the Red Wings' gunners prevailed. Zetterberg and Datsyuk stepped up when needed to send the series back to Anaheim.
Sudden death Game 7 goes Sunday at the Honda Center.
Final Score: Detroit Red Wings 4 Anaheim Ducks 3 (OT)