Ducks pull even with Wings
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Coming off a lopsided loss, missing perhaps their best player, the Anaheim Ducks blew an early lead and were outshot from the start.
They still found a way to even their Western Conference finals against the Detroit Red Wings.
Teemu Selanne snapped out of his scoring slump with a goal and two assists, and Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal last night to help the Ducks beat the Red Wings, 5-3, in Game 4.
The next game is in Detroit Sunday afternoon.
"A big relief," Selanne, the Ducks' leading scorer in the regular season, said after getting his first goal in five games and first assist in seven contests. "It's tough when you don't score and you get a little frustrated.
"We need everybody, and tonight it was a little bit my turn. Obviously, confidence is everything about this game. I think this was a really good boost for myself, too."
The Ducks, with defenseman Chris Pronger serving a one-game suspension, outlasted the Red Wings, who rallied from a 3-1 first-period deficit to tie it in the second.
Getzlaf put the Ducks in front to stay on a power play with 14:36 remaining, and Rob Niedermayer added an empty-net goal with 1:08 left.
Corey Perry scored Anaheim's first goal and Ric Jackman, helping to fill in for Pronger, had the second, scoring on the first shot of his NHL playoff debut.
Pronger, a finalist for his second Norris Trophy and Anaheim's points leader with 12 this postseason, was suspended for a blow to the head of Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom in the previous game, a 5-0 victory by the Red Wings.
Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 36 saves, said captain Scott Niedermayer and the other defensemen did a good job taking up the slack created by Pronger's absence.
"Everybody had to do it and all six defensemen as a group did a great job of facing them," Giguere said. "There were a couple of young guys out there for us and it wasn't an easy game for anybody. But they really came through.
"I'm sure Jackman was a little bit nervous, although he had a big goal and I'm really happy for him."
The Ducks built their 3-1 lead by scoring three times on their first eight shots against Dominik Hasek, who faced just 22 shots.
"We were dominating, but the bounces didn't go our way," Hasek said. "They scored on their first shot and they scored on their first power play.
"To play without Pronger, I believe, was a great motivation for them, and we didn't use that advantage -- unfortunately."
Red Wings veteran defenseman Chris Chelios added: "We had breakdowns defensively. We've got one of the best goalies in the league, if not the best. But we somehow found a way to make him look bad, and we've got to find a way to correct that.
"You can say it was bounces or deflections or screens, but you make your own breaks. They worked hard, they were in position and made some plays."