ANAHEIM, Calif. - Scott Niedermayer scored 4 minutes, 30 seconds into the second overtime last night to lift the Anaheim Ducks into the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Niedermayer's quick wrist shot from the left point came after his brother Rob leveled Vancouver's Jannik Hansen along the left boards. The puck squirted to Scott Niedermayer, and he beat goalie Roberto Luongo low to the glove side on the Ducks' 63d shot of the game.
Luongo had kept the Canucks in it as they tried to stay alive in Game 5, and he finished with 56 saves.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere had 26 saves for Anaheim.
Alexandre Burrows scored on a rebound past Jean-Sebastien Giguere to draw the Canucks even at 1-1 with 8:57 left in regulation.
Wednesday's late game
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Just when it seemed as if the San Jose Sharks were poised to take control of the series, Robert Lang delivered the shot that might have saved the Detroit Red Wings' season.
Lang tied the game with 33.1 seconds left in regulation, setting the stage for Mathieu Schneider's power-play goal 16:04 into overtime that gave Detroit a 3-2 victory over the Sharks in Game 4 of the second-round series Wednesday night.
The Red Wings' second comeback from a 2-0 deficit against San Jose knotted the series at two games heading into Game 5 tomorrow in Detroit.
Surgery for DiPietro. Rick DiPietro had hip surgery this week, and the New York Islanders goalie is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in September.