Ducks Complete Dramatic Comeback with 5-4 OT Win; Eliminate Stars in Game 6

DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks are moving on.

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."

Jonas Hiller stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief of Frederik Andersen.

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."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:16DAL Trevor Daley (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (5) 1 - 0 DAL
10:27DAL PPG - Cody Eakin (2) ASST: Tyler Seguin (2), Alex Goligoski (2) 2 - 0 DAL
17:57ANA PPG - Devante Smith-Pelly (1) ASST: Teemu Selanne (2), Rickard Rakell (1) 2 - 1 DAL
19:01DAL Ryan Garbutt (3) ASST: Cody Eakin (3), Trevor Daley (3) 3 - 1 DAL
2nd Period
03:55ANA Ben Lovejoy (1) ASST: Teemu Selanne (3) 3 - 2 DAL
10:33DAL Trevor Daley (2) ASST: Alex Goligoski (3) 4 - 2 DAL
3rd Period
17:50ANA Nick Bonino (2) ASST: Corey Perry (4), Matt Beleskey (2) 4 - 3 DAL
19:36ANA Devante Smith-Pelly (2) ASST: Corey Perry (5), Francois Beauchemin (4) 4 - 4 Tie
1st OT Period
02:47ANA Nick Bonino (3) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (3), Patrick Maroon (3) 5 - 4 ANA
Three Stars of the Game
Nick Bonino
Nick Bonino
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 6
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:42
Trevor Daley
Trevor Daley
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 2TOI: 27:43
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 12TOI: 30:48
GA: 0EV: 8-8
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:10DAL Trevor Daley  Hi-sticking against  Nick Bonino
09:55ANA Mark Fistric  Elbowing against  Brenden Dillon
10:43ANA Saku Koivu  Interference against  Colton Sceviour
16:37DAL Erik Cole  Interference against  Francois Beauchemin
2nd Period
07:17DAL Alex Goligoski  Interference against  Corey Perry
09:19ANA Matt Beleskey  Roughing against  Brenden Dillon
09:19DAL Brenden Dillon  Roughing against  Matt Beleskey
12:21ANA Ben Lovejoy  Hooking against  Tyler Seguin
15:04ANA Cam Fowler  Cross checking against  Antoine Roussel
19:56ANA Patrick Maroon  Tripping against  Valeri Nichushkin
3rd Period
02:41ANA Corey Perry  Hooking against  Ryan Garbutt
02:41DAL Ryan Garbutt  Diving against  Corey Perry
17:34ANA Andrew Cogliano  Roughing against  Alex Chiasson
17:34DAL Alex Chiasson  Roughing against  Andrew Cogliano
1st OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/5
Faceoff Wins4241
Blocked Shots1825
Penalty Minutes1612
4C. FowlerD0031228:13
5L. SbisaD00-2009:57
6B. LovejoyD1023223:26
7A. CoglianoL0120213:04
8T. SelanneR0205014:08
10C. PerryR0203221:35
11S. KoivuC0000212:40
13N. BoninoC2033019:42
15R. GetzlafC0004023:30
23F. BeaucheminD01-23027:20
28M. FistricD0000213:57
33J. SilfverbergR0000012:37
34D. WinnikL0000010:59
39M. BeleskeyL0104216:36
55B. AllenD00-10019:25
62P. MaroonL0120210:29
67R. RakellC01-11012:34
77D. Smith-PellyR2013012:21
1J. Hiller12121.00030:48
31F. Andersen812.66730:33
4B. DillonD00-11216:08
6T. DaleyD2125227:43
10S. HorcoffC0110015:01
12A. ChiassonR00-21213:06
14J. BennL0001022:00
16R. GarbuttC1001213:58
18C. MuellerC00-1105:35
20C. EakinC1113022:34
21A. RousselL0010014:36
22C. SceviourC0001014:19
24J. BennD00-21022:01
33A. GoligoskiD0223228:19
37P. NemethD00-10019:15
38V. FiddlerC00-11018:51
43V. NichushkinR00-1207:13
55S. GoncharD00-11012:36
72E. ColeL00-1028:13
91T. SeguinC01-12021:11
32K. Lehtonen2530.83362:43