ANAHEIM, Cali- With the series tied at two games apiece this was the important game five back in California.
The Ducks were hoping to energize the Honda Center crowd and they did with a huge 3-2 overtime victory to take a three games to two lead in this series.
Johan Franzen gave the Red Wings the early lead on the power play as he knocked a loose puck past Jonas Hiller.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made a huge save to rob Correy Perry to keep the Ducks off the board.
Howard became the story in the first as he made numerous stops in the first.
Kyle Palmieri finally found the back of the net for Anaheim as he fired a shot past Howard to tie things at 1-1.
Shots after twenty were 18-9 for the Ducks and they even out hit the Wings 16-8 as well.
In the second it was still a goalie show but this time it was Hiller who made some huge stops off Joakim Anderson and Ben Eaves.
Mikael Samuelsson got his 1st as he beat Hiller to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.
Damien Brunner almost made it 3-1 but he was denied by Hiller on a breakaway.
Hiller got some help from his post as well asBrendan Smith rang a shot off the iron.
The Ducks were a different team in second asthey turned the puck over a lot and couldn’t seem to find any offense.
Anaheim gained some momentum when they killed off a five minute boarding major to Daniel Winnik that could have been costly to them.
With under a minute to go on the power play the Ducks got another huge boost when captain Ryan Getzlaf got his 3rd when he ripped laser over the shoulder of Howard to tie the game at 2-2.
Both teams played a tight third period and looked like they were waiting for a mistake to pounce on.
Palmieri thought he gave his Ducks the lead when he shoved the puck and Howard past the line but after review it was no goal.
For the third time we would need over time to decide this one and Nick Bonino gave the home team the win and a three games to two advantage when he scored the biggest goal of his young career so far.
Howard had 28 saves in the loss.
Hiller made 32 saves in the win.
Next game Friday night in Detroit.
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