Previous Game: Ducks Complete Dramatic Comeback with 5-4 OT Win; Eliminate Stars in Game 6
Nick Bonino's second goal of the game came 2:47 into overtime and Ducks won their Western Conference First Round Series against the Dallas Stars with a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 6 at American Airlines Center on Sunday night.
Bonino's first goal came with 2:10 remaining in regulation when he beat Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen short side. Devante Smith-Pelly's second goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime.
Bonino then eliminated Dallas early in the extra period with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Lehtonen to give the Ducks the series victory. Anaheim will face the winner of the first-round series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.
"Cogs [Andrew Cogliano] and Patty [Patrick Maroon] did great work down low," said Bonino, on his overtime goal. "I just cut to the net and Cogs put it right on my stick. I didn’t even look. I just put it on net, and I think Patty made a great screen."
Dallas had built a 4-2 lead after two periods following two goals from Trevor Daley, who scored the game's first goal early in the first period. Daley scored again midway through the second.
The Stars also received goals from Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt in the first period. Anaheim's goals were from Smith-Pelly in the first and Ben Lovejoy in the second.
"We just wanted to stay in the game and keep things close," said Cogliano. "Things turn so quickly and momentum changes in a heartbeat. For us to stick with it, get a couple goals at the end of the game, and anything can happen in overtime. It’s pretty cool. Hopefully we can build off of that."
The Stars struck early when Daley scored on a breakaway 5:16 into the first period. Six seconds earlier, Daley had finished serving a high-sticking penalty on Bonino.
After Dallas forward Shawn Horcoff cleared the puck from the Stars blue line, Daley, fresh out of the penalty box, gained possession beyond the Ducks blue line and beat Andersen on a breakaway for his first goal of the playoffs.
Dallas added a second in the first period at 10:27 when Eakin scored a power-play goal. Eakin received a pass from Tyler Seguin in the low slot and one-timed it through Andersen's five-hole for his second goal of the postseason to give Dallas a two-goal edge.
Anaheim got one back at 17:57 of the first period when Smith-Pelly made it 2-1 with a power-play goal. Teemu Selanne assisted with a pass from behind the net to Smith-Pelly, who was alone at the near post for an easy tap-in.
However, the Stars regained their two-goal edge when Garbutt tapped in a rebound with 58.2 seconds remaining in the first period. Andersen had denied Eakin's initial effort, but Garbutt rushed in to finish the chance for his third goal of the playoffs.
The Ducks cut that lead in half early in the second when Lovejoy beat Lehtonen short side from the right point. Selanne stole the puck from Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon behind the Dallas net and got the primary assist with a pass to Lovejoy, which he quickly finished.
Daley found the back of the net again for the Stars at 10:33 of the second when he beat Andersen short side, ending Andersen's night. Daley skated up the right side of the ice and scored with a wrister over Andersen's blocker.
Andersen quickly left the ice and was replaced in net by Hiller for the second time in the series. Andersen was pulled in Game 4 after allowing four goals on 25 shots.
Dallas had a great chance to put the game away late in the second when rookie Valeri Nichushkin had a breakaway with 25 seconds remaining, but Nichushkin's wrister instead found the crossbar.
The Ducks, who have a flair for dramatic comebacks this season, can add one more to their impressive run. "No one was down. We believed the whole time," said Bonino. "It’s easy to say that now, but we have a lot of character, and it showed. We’ve done it all year. We’ve had so many guys step up at different times. It could’ve been anyone on that team to score the goal. You don’t quit, you don’t stop fighting."