NHL Playoffs: Brunner's goal lifts Red Wings past Ducks in OT

2013-05-07T00:00:00Z NHL Playoffs: Brunner's goal lifts Red Wings past Ducks in OTThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

DETROIT - Jonas Hiller stopped the first 32 shots through two-plus periods, looking like he was going to shut out the Detroit Red Wings in consecutive games.

Then the Red Wings broke through after getting a break and making one of their own to force overtime.

Hiller had a chance to extend the game even deeper into Monday night, but he guessed wrong and it was costly for the Anaheim Ducks.

He stayed in net - instead of leaving it to play the puck sooner - and Damien Brunner capped a blur of a sequence with a goal 4:50 into overtime. That lifted Detroit to a 3-2 series evening win over Anaheim in Game 4.

"The longer you can put this off, the better I like our chances," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl started the winning play, passing the puck from behind Detroit's net up the ice to Joakim Andersson. He tried to connect with teammate Gustav Nyquist only to have Hiller poke the puck away.

Brunner, playing in his first NHL season, was in perfect position in front of the net and swatted in the puck to end the game. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Anaheim and Game 6 is back in the Motor City on Friday night.

• Kings 4, Blues 3: In Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar tied it with 12:46 to play, Justin Williams tipped home the go-ahead goal 76 seconds later, and the Kings evened their first-round series.

Jeff Carter and Dustin Penner also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions. Game 5 is Wednesday in St. Louis, with Game 6 back at Staples Center on Friday.

• Rangers 4, Capitals 3: In New York, Derek Stepan and Arron Asham both scored tiebreaking goals in the third period for the Rangers in their Game 3 win.

The Rangers finally found their offense and got back into their first-round playoff series. New York still trails 2-1 in the Eastern Conference series, with Game 4 in New York on Wednesday night.

• Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 2: In Toronto, Boston spoiled the return of playoff hockey to Toronto, scoring two quick goals in the second period in a victory over the Maple Leafs.

Adam McQuaid, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and David Krejci, with an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining, scored for Boston. Game 4 is Wednesday in Toronto, with Boston leading 2-1 in the series.

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