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Marchant's Goal in 3rd OT Beats Detroit in Game 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 10:49 PM
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Marchant's Goal in 3rd OT Beats Detroit in Game 2
Anaheim Ducks 4, Detroit Red Wings 3

Todd Marchant has been a symbol of Anaheim's resilence over the last two months and the veteran forward came through again on Sunday afternoon in Detroit.

The third overtime was only about a minute old when 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 the first multiple-overtime game of this postseason 4-3 on to even the Western Conference Semifinal with the Red Wings at a game apiece.

"Not many games get decided off of my stick, that's for sure," Marchant 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 35-year-old forward had plenty of energy on the game-winning play and help from teammate Rob Niedermayer, who screened Osgood.

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

Marchant 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 of the third overtime.

The eighth-seeded Ducks headed home happy and ready to host Game 3 on Tuesday 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.

"There were chances to win the game," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "And, we didn't do it."

Jonas Hiller had a lot to do with that.

Playing in his first NHL postsseason 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."

"We had to go back to Anaheim tied," Anaheim forward Corey Perry said. "That was our goal. Anything can happen."

Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger and Ryan Carter also scored for the Ducks.

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.

"I don't think anybody came into this series thinking there would be a sweep," Babcock said. "Or, that it would be easy."

In the series opener, Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom scored with 49 seconds left to avoid overtime.

Second-seeded Detroit and Anaheim skated in the longest playoff game since the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Detroit midway through a third overtime in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final last year.

In NHL playoff history, Marchant's goal marked the quickest a game has ended in a third overtime.

"When you can get it into overtime on the road, anything can happen," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We were fortunate to have one shot find the back of the net before they did."

The Ducks have won five straight playoff games against Detroit in overtime, winning twice after regulation two years ago in Western Conference Finals en route to Anaheim's Stanley Cup championship.

Getzlaf, who began the day tied for the NHL lead in playoff scoring, scored and had an assist 34 seconds apart midway through the first period.

"In my mind, he's the best player in the league," teammate Teemu Selanne said. "If there's a better one all-around player, show him to me."

GAME NOTES
- Today's game was the longest for the Ducks since Apr. 24, 2003 at Dallas in Game 1 of the CSF (4-3 win). Petr Sykora won that game at 48 seconds of the 5th overtime.
- The Ducks have played two other TRIPLE overtime games vs. Detroit prior to today (both were also on the road). The first was on May 4, 1997 in Game 2 of the CSF, won by Detroit 3-2 (Kozlov). The other was on Apr. 10, 2003 in Game 1 of the CQF, won by Anaheim 2-1 (Kariya). J.S. Giguere had 63 saves in the latter contest....Hiller's 59 saves today are the most by a Ducks netminder since that game.
- The Ducks have won five-straight OT playoff games vs. Detroit, four of them coming at Joe Louis Arena.
- Todd Marchant's other playoff OT goal came on Apr. 29, 1997 with Edmonton at Dallas in Game 7 of the CQF. He scored at 12:26 of the first OT in that game (4-3 final).
- Detroit D Brian Rafalski (upper-body injury) was scratched again and replaced by 47-year-old Chris Chelios, who played in his 262nd playoff game to extend his own record.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:00
DET
PPG - Brad Stuart (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (5), Nicklas Lidstrom (5)
1 - 0 DET
08:16
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Corey Perry (2), Bobby Ryan (1)
1 - 1 Tie
08:50
ANA
PPG - Chris Pronger (2) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Getzlaf (9), Corey Perry (3)
2 - 1 ANA
13:54
DET
Mikael Samuelsson (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Valtteri Filppula (4), Brett Lebda (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
04:42
ANA
PPG - Ryan Carter (2) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Niedermayer (5), Ryan Getzlaf (10)
3 - 2 ANA
3rd Period
05:19
DET
Johan Franzen (4) Snap shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (3), Daniel Cleary (5)
3 - 3 Tie
1st OT Period
NONE
2nd OT Period
NONE
3rd OT Period
01:15
ANA
Todd Marchant (1) Snap shot - ASST: James Wisniewski (2)
4 - 3 ANA
penalty summary
1st Period
04:13
ANA
Ryan Getzlaf  Slashing against  Niklas Kronwall
08:34
DET
Brad Stuart  Interference against  Mike Brown
2nd Period
03:50
DET
Chris Chelios  Hi-sticking against  Josh Green
12:15
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Mike Brown
16:24
DET
Brett Lebda  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
3rd Period
06:23
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Interference against  Marian Hossa
1st OT Period
11:08
ANA
Scott Niedermayer  Tripping against  Jiri Hudler
2nd OT Period
NONE
3rd OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
SA: 62TOI: 101:15
Saves: 59EV: 53 - 55
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .952SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
5-1-0
SA: 46TOI: 100:53
Saves: 42EV: 38 - 40
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1

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