The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim rallied back after being down by a goal late in the third period Saturday to claim a 3-2 win over the Red Wings and stretch their lead in the first-round playoff series to two games.
Down 2-1 with 6:26 remaining in the third, Anaheim forward Jason Krog skated in on top of Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph and beat him to tie the game.
Just over two minutes later, after a botched breakout pass by Chris Chelios, Rob Neidermayer sent the puck to Steve Thomas, who skated in alone and blasted a shot past Joseph, giving the Ducks the lead.
Anaheim had taken an early lead on a goal by Stanislav Chistov but Detroit battled back in the second periond.
Just 2:14 into the second, Jason Woolley picked up a rebound and ripped it past Mighty Ducks’ goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Four minutes later, Luc Robitaille knocked a fluttering puck down behind Giguere to give the Wings the lead.
Giguere kept the Mighty Ducks in the game, making several key stops and giving the team a rest while he dealt with a long “equipment problem” similar to the incident when he was “shaken up” in Game One. Giguere finished with thirty-four saves.
Joseph made twenty saves on twenty-three shots in net for Detroit.
Game Three will be on Monday night in Anaheim.