Scott Niedermayer scored 14 minutes, 17 seconds into overtime to lift the visiting Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings last night, evening their Stanley Cup Western Conference final series at one game apiece.
Detroit went ahead for the first time in the game 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, but Anaheim's Travis Moen tied the game 4:03 later.
Swarming defense limited scoring chances for the rest of regulation and when shots did go toward the net, Detroit's Dominik Hasek (29 saves) and Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere (24 saves) didn't flinch.
In the first two periods, the Ducks took the lead twice and Detroit tied the game each time.
Rob Niedermayer scored at 17:04 of the first period and the Wings' Kirk Maltby answered with a shorthanded goal midway through the second.
Then Andy McDonald scored a little more than a minute after Maltby to put Anaheim ahead, 2-1, but Nicklas Lidstrom tied the score at 2-2 at 16:07 of the second period with a power-play goal.
The Ducks' goals by McDonald and Moen both survived official reviews before being registered on the scoreboard.
The next two games of the best-of-seven series will be played in Anaheim, with Game 3 tomorrow night and Game 4 on Thursday. The teams will return to Detroit for Game 5 next Sunday.
At the World Championships:
* At Moscow, Canada won its 24th world hockey championship, getting two goals from Rick Nash and one each from Eric Staal and Colby Armstrong in a 4-2 victory over Finland. Russia won the bronze medal by beating Sweden, 3-1.
"There were a lot of superstars in some of Canada's teams before, but I think this was just a great bunch of guys in the dressing room," said Nash, of the Columbus Blue Jackets. "It was amazing how every game we got better."