NHL: Ducks deliver in third OT
By Larry Lage
DETROIT ó The third overtime was only about a minute old when Anaheim’s Todd Marchant flicked a wrist shot through traffic toward the net.
Detroit goalie Chris Osgood never saw it coming.
Marchant delivered a rare goal and the Ducks won the first multiple-overtime game of this postseason 4-3 on Sunday to even the Western Conference semifinals with the Red Wings at a game apiece.”Not many games get decided off of my stick, that’s for sure,” Marchant said.
Marchant, who has been in the NHL since the 1993-94 season, had just five goals during the regular season and 12 previously in the playoffs.
The 35-year-old forward had plenty of energy on the game-winning play and help from teammate Scott Niedermayer, who screened Osgood.
“I don’t know even where it went,” Osgood said.
Marchant carried the puck up the middle of ice, made a move to slip into open space in the left circle and let a shot fly. The goal came at 1:15 of the third OT.
The eighth-seeded Ducks headed home happy and ready to host Game 3 on Tuesday night.
The Red Wings will look back at Game 2 with regret, particularly when they wasted a rare power play in OT ó midway through the first one ó and outshot Anaheim 29-15 over the first two extra periods.
“There were chances to win the game,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “And, we didn’t do it.”
Jonas Hiller had a lot to do with that.
Playing in his first NHL postseason and second year in the league, he made a career-high 59 saves.
“I’ve never gone to double overtime before,” the native of Switzerland said. “We have shootouts at home.”
Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger and Ryan Carter scored.
Osgood stopped 42 shots, and Brad Stuart, Mikael Samuelsson and Johan Franzen had goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who lost for the first time this postseason.
“I don’t think anybody came into this series thinking there would be a sweep,” Babcock said. “Or that it would be easy.”
In the series opener, Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom scored with 49 seconds left to avoid overtime.
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