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Detroit almost blows it, but wins

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This article was published 10/5/2013 (1560 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg took a big step as the leader of a storied franchise, snapping a scoring slump in a clutch way with his second goal in overtime.

The Detroit Red Wings Red Wings still have a shot to advance in the NHL playoffs.

Henrik Zetterberg

Henrik Zetterberg

Bobby Ryan

Bobby Ryan

Zetterberg netted his second goal 1:04 into overtime to lift Detroit to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend the first-round series.

"Those two were kind of ugly ones, but that's what you need in the playoffs," he said.

Second-seeded Anaheim will host seventh-seeded Detroit on Sunday night in the deciding game.

"It hasn't really been a tremendous home-ice advantage," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I don't think where we play is really going to matter."

Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the third period, sending the original six NHL team to a fourth OT in a series for the first time in franchise history. The Ducks, who joined the NHL during the 1993-94 season, also have played an extra period four times for the first time in the playoffs.

All four of those games ended in the first overtime.

Emerson Etem and Bobby Ryan scored 51 seconds apart late in regulation to pull the Ducks into a 3-3 tie.

Zetterberg, who scored a go-ahead goal 6:19 into the third period on a power play, had a shot to win it with about a minute left. But his shot hit the right post and slid across the crease.

He found the back of the net with a slap shot from above the left circle to end the game and send the series back to California.

Zetterberg's first goal snapped a career-long, seven-game post-season skid -- dating to last year's first-round exit against Nashville.

"If you're from Detroit, I guess it's just a matter of time," Boudreau said.

Zetterberg, who was 52 career playoff goals, has an NHL-high 50 goals in the playoffs since 2006.

The Red Wings, in their 22nd straight post-season, have a chance to win their first series after being down 3-2 since the 2002 Western Conference finals. They beat Colorado then and went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.

Back then, Steve Yzerman was their captain and after he retired in 2006, Nicklas Lidstrom wore the 'C' on the winged-wheel sweater until retiring last summer.

"You talk about the leadership on our team -- we had Stevie and Nick -- but those guys had way more help," Babcock said.

-- The Associated Press

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