DETROIT - Scott Niedermayer scored with 5 minutes, 43 seconds left in overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory last night over the Detroit Red Wings, evening the Western Conference finals at a game apiece.
Detroit went ahead for the first time 1:03 into the third period, when a two-man advantage created space for Pavel Datsyuk's one-timer off a crisp pass from Robert Lang.
The 3-2 lead didn't last long.
Travis Moen tied the game four 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 Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned them away.
Hasek had 29 saves and Giguere finished with 24.
Game 3 is tomorrow night at Anaheim, Calif.
Rob Niedermayer opened the scoring at 17:04 of the first period and Kirk Maltby answered with a shorthanded goal midway through the second.
Andy McDonald scored - following a review - a little more than a minute after Maltby to put Anaheim ahead by 2-1. Nicklas Lidstrom tied it at 16:07 of the second period with a power-play goal.
Anaheim's win guarantees the series will not end with a sweep for the first time in four matchups.
Sabres' Tallinder may sit. Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder is sore after being crosschecked from behind by Ottawa's Daniel Alfredsson, and could miss Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight.
Flyer's wife convicted. The wife of Flyers forward Mike York was found guilty of assaulting her sister-in-law during a fight at a family gathering last fall.
Aimee York was ordered to pay $595 in fines and costs by Jackson County (Mich.) District Judge R. Darryl Mazur. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to 93 days behind bars, but York was not sentenced to jail time Friday.
The judge also found York's sister-in-law, Julie Cousino, guilty of assault. Mike York was not in court Friday and did not attend the Labor Day gathering.