When Justin Abdelkader scored his second goal of the playoffs midway through the third period, it gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-1 lead, a cushion that seemed like a Game 7 was a sure thing.
But the Anaheim Ducks had other ideas as Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan scored in a 51-second span later in the period to force overtime.
In the OT, the Ducks were whistled for icing, and with the faceoff in their own zone, head coach Bruce Boudreau called a timeout to give his players a rest. That allowed the Red Wings to draw up something special. Six seconds after the enusing face-off, captain Henrik Zetterberg scored his second of the game, forcing a Game 7 on Sunday:
Over the final four games of the regular season, with Detroit needing points to make the playoffs, Zetterberg led the charge compiling 10 points to extend the Red Wings' consecutive seasons with playoff streak to 22. On Friday night, he stepped up again when they needed it most, finishing with a 3-point night.
This will be the second straight Game 7 between the Ducks and Red Wings. When they last met in the second round in 2009, Detroit edged Anaheim 4-3, thanks to a late Danny Cleary goal.
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