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Ducky ending in OT

Niedermayers get Anaheim even

Rob Niedermayer (right) prepares to join celebrating Ducks (from left) Travis Moen, Scott Niedermayer, and Francois Beauchemin after Scott Niedermayer scored in overtime. (GREGORY SHAMUS/GETTY IMAGES)

DETROIT -- 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 this time they had something to show for it.

Scott Niedermayer scored at 14:17 of overtime to lift Anaheim to a 4-3 victory last 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."

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.

A review wasn't necessary for Niedermayer's winner, but he needed a replay.

"I didn't really see it go in actually," he said. "I saw it hit the post."

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.

Travis Moen tied it 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 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.

Rob Niedermayer scored at 17:04 of the first period and Kirk Maltby answered with a shorthanded goal midway through the second.

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.

Detroit's 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.

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.