Ducks 4, Red Wings 3

Ducks win in 3 OTs

An unlikely hero knots series at 1

By Larry Lage
Associated Press / May 4, 2009
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DETROIT - The third overtime was only about a minute old when Anaheim's Todd Marchant flicked a wrist shot through traffic toward the net.

Detroit goalie Chris Osgood never saw it coming.

Marchant delivered a rare goal and the Ducks won, 4-3, yesterday to even their Western Conference semifinal with the Red Wings at a game apiece.

"Not many goals get decided off of my stick, that's for sure," he said.

Marchant, who has been in the NHL since the 1993-94 season, had just five goals during the regular season and 12 previously in the playoffs.

The forward had plenty of energy on the winning play and help from teammate Scott Niedermayer, who screened Osgood.

"I don't know even where it went," Osgood said.

Marchant, 35, carried the puck up the middle of ice, made a move to slip into open space in the left circle, and let a shot fly. The goal came at 1:15.

The eighth-seeded Ducks headed home happy and ready to host Game 3 tomorrow night.

The Red Wings will look back at Game 2 with regret, particularly when they wasted a rare power play in overtime - midway through the first one - and outshot Anaheim, 29-15, over the first two extra periods.

Jonas Hiller had a lot to do with that.

Playing in his first NHL postseason and second year in the league, he made a career-high 59 saves.

"I've never gone to double overtime before," the native of Switzerland said. "We have shootouts at home."

Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger, and Ryan Carter scored. Getzlaf scored and had an assist 34 seconds apart midway through the first period.

Osgood stopped 42 shots, and Brad Stuart, Mikael Samuelsson, and Johan Franzen had goals for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who lost for the first time this postseason.

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