DETROIT (AP)—The Anaheim Ducks looked like they were on the power play in even-strength situations.
Anaheim’s penalty-killing unit once was so dominant it played keep-away from the Detroit Red Wings.
The Ducks controlled the puck and play again and for a change, they had something to show for it.
Scott Niedermayer scored at 14:17 of overtime to lift Anaheim to a 4-3 victory Sunday night over Detroit, evening the Western Conference finals at a game apiece.
“Our goal was to get at least one here,” Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. “Now we have home ice and we have to take advantage of it.”
Game 3 is Tuesday night in Anaheim.
The Red Wings seemed fortunate to win 2-1 Friday night when a Ducks player touched the puck last on both of their goals.
“We had some lucky bounces in the first and they had a few in this one,” Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg said.
Anaheim was thankful the NHL uses video replays because its second and third goals went up on the scoreboard after reviews, and both appeared to be the correct calls.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle certainly wasn’t apologizing.
“Both pucks were in the net. It’s as simple as that,” Carlyle said. “You’re supposed to be rewarded when the puck goes in the net.”
A review wasn’t necessary for Niedermayer’s game-winner, but he needed a replay.
“I didn’t really see it go in actually,” he said. “I saw it hit the post.”
The 3-2 lead didn’t last long.
Travis Moen tied it 4 minutes later, giving the Ducks their second straight goal that required a video review.
Swarming defense limited scoring chances for the rest of regulation and when shots did go toward the net, Detroit’s Dominik Hasek and Giguere turned them away.
Hasek had 29 saves and Giguere finished with 24.
In the first two periods of Game 2, the Ducks took the lead twice and Detroit tied the game each time.
Just as they did in the third period, the Ducks scored shortly after Detroit to quiet the crowd and stunt momentum.
Andy McDonald scored—following a review—a little more than a minute after Maltby to put Anaheim ahead 2-1.
“When I saw the puck, it wasn’t over the goal line,” Hasek said. “I was really surprised when they called it a goal. I know the second goal was in for sure.”
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom tied it at 16:07 of the second period with a power-play goal.
“It was one of those games that could have went either way,” Carlyle said. “We feel very fortunate to win.”
Anaheim’s win guarantees the series will not end with a sweep for the first time in four matchups.
Midway through overtime, Detroit’s Mikael Samuelsson sent the puck over the glass and was called for a delay-of-game penalty.
Anaheim wasted the opportunity by not getting a shot on Hasek with the man advantage.
The Niedermayer brothers made up for it.
Rob Niedermayer set up brother Scott for a shot from the right circle that went through traffic and found an opening between Hasek and the post.
“This is a big thrill for me, for sure,” Rob Niedermayer said. “It’s certainly nice to come up with the win tonight and just watching Scott score that winning goal was pretty special.”
If the Red Wings didn’t have Hasek in net, they likely would’ve lost in regulation. The six-time Vezina Trophy winner made numerous tough saves, including getting his left arm in the way of a shot with a twisting, diving stop.
“Playoff time you see great goalies, great goaltending,” Scott Niedermayer said. “We try to do things to make it hard on him. Don’t let him see the puck, keep getting the puck there, go for rebounds.”
Anaheim outshot Detroit 33-27 and seemed to outplay the home team, particularly when special teams were not on the ice.
“Five on five, they spent more time below the hash marks in our zone than we spent in their zone,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
The Ducks scratched F Chris Kunitz, who scored their only goal in Game 1, from the lineup because of an upper-body injury and Carlyle said he is day-to-day. … Anaheim F Shawn Thornton played just 2 minutes because of a lower-body injury. … Team Canada, led by general manager Steve Yzerman, beat Finland 4-2 Sunday to win the world hockey championships. Yzerman retired last summer after 22 seasons—all in Detroit—and works for the organization as a vice president. … Datsyuk has two goals and six points over the past four games.