ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Nick Bonino's first postseason goal has the Anaheim Ducks on the brink of a first-round knockout of the Detroit Red Wings.
After dropping two overtime contests in the series, the Ducks prevailed in extra time Wednesday night, with Bonino scoring 1:54 into overtime and lifting Anaheim to a 3-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 5 of this Western Conference quarterfinal.
The win before a standing-room only-crowd of 17,395 at Honda Center gives the Ducks a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
Bonino fielded a pass from defenseman Ben Lovejoy near the left of the goal and slapped it past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. It was Bonino's third goal of the series, but the biggest of his career.
"I came off the wall and went to the far post, and (Lovejoy) put it there," said Bonino, who is playing in only his second playoff series. "The guy who was on me was kind of face-guarding me more than looking at the puck. It was able to bounce up on my stick."
The Ducks can capture the series with a win in Game 6 on Friday at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. If the Red Wings win, Game 7 would be Sunday at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf rallied the Ducks, who never led until the end, by tying the score at 2 on a power-play goal with 32 seconds left in the second period. The score remained that way until Bonino netted the game-winner.
"It was huge," Getzlaf said of Bonino's goal. "They're all big, but Game 5 is a pretty crucial thing going into their building."
Getzlaf added that the Ducks want to finish the deal in Game 6.
"We're looking to go there and get it done," said Getzlaf, who has three goals in the series. "You don't want to feed these guys any kind of momentum. We're going to go out work hard in that first period and play the same way we did tonight."
Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped 29 shots, while Howard had 31 saves.
Detroit missed a big opportunity in the second period when Anaheim center Daniel Winnik was issued a major for slamming Daniel Cleary into the boards at 14:15. However, the Ducks' defense prevented the Red Wings from scoring and got a break when Brendan Smith committed a holding penalty when Getzlaf stole the puck from him at 18:26.
"We didn't score on a power play, that's the bottom line," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't think that was the end of the game though. There's lots of could of, would of, should of stuff. The bottom line is (in) a playoff game, we hit three posts tonight and they didn't go in."
The Red Wings took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Johan Franzen at 5:28 of the first period. For Franzen, it was his third goal of the series, and it occurred 27 seconds after Anaheim's Corey Perry was sent to the penalty box for goalie interference.
The Ducks had a two-man advantage for 22 seconds after a high-sticking penalty on Cory Emmerton at 9:35 of the period, but Anaheim failed to get a shot off.
However, the Ducks tied the score at 1-1 when Kyle Palmieri scored with 2:19 remaining in the first. It was Palmieri's second goal of the series.
Anaheim outshot Detroit 18-9 in the first. Through 13 minutes of the period, the Ducks held a 14-4 advantage.
The Red Wings regained the lead at 10:08 of the second when Mikael Samuelsson scored his first goal of the series, rebounding a miss by Henrik Zetterberg and slipping it past Hiller for a 2-1 advantage.
Detroit isn't done yet, Howard said.
"I have a lot of confidence in this group," the goalie said. "It's going to be a battle. This series has been a battle. It has been back and forth, and it's going to be the same way Friday night back home."
NOTES: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game. ... Detroit LW Justin Abdelkader served the second game of his two-game suspension. He's expected to return for Game 6 at Joe Louis Arena. ... Ducks D Toni Lydman, who was on the receiving end of the hit that resulted in Abdelkader's suspension, was scratched for the second consecutive game. Lydman continues to suffer headaches. His availability for Game 6 is unknown. ... Perry, who finished the regular season with 15 goals and 36 points, has only one point in the series and has yet to score a goal.