Damien Brunner scores in OT and Red Wings pull even with Ducks
Now it's a best-of-three series. Damien Brunner scored at 15:10 of overtime Monday night, giving the Red Wings a thoroughly entertaining 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller stopped Gustav Nyquist on a partial breakaway, but Brunner was trailing on the play and put back a loose puck for his second goal of the playoffs. This came one game after Brunner was stripped for a shorthanded Anaheim goal that pretty much clinched Game 3. "Gus is a speedy guy and he got both defenders turned around, and chipped the puck on net," Brunner said. "I obviously had a wide-open net. It felt pretty good. "It (Saturday's loss, with his turnover) wasn't the best night of my life. The guys did a pretty good job of getting me going." Fellow rookies Nyquist and Joakim Andersson earned the assists on the Brunner's goal, capping a superb game by the Red Wings playoff rookies. Brendan Smith added a goal and assist, and played 20:22 of fine defense. "They're getting more and more experience," forward Henrik Zetterberg said. "They haven't played that many (playoff) games. It's really important when everyone chips in and we've been doing that." The series now is tied at 2, with the series shifting to Anaheim on Game 5 on Wednesday night. Game 6 returns to Detroit Friday with a time to be determined. "It's a best-of-three now," coach Mike Babcock said. "The longer you put this (elimination) off, the better our chances. As low as we were the other night and high we are tonight, that's the playoffs. "It's about determination, mental toughness. So we have to go steal another game." Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau felt the Ducks gave away a chance to take a commanding lead in the series.
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