Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa each scored two goals Thursday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks and evening their Western Conference Semifinal series at two games apiece.
Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings.
Franzen’s goals both came in the first period.
With 8:11 left in the frame, Franzen took a drop pass from Valtteri Filppula and snapped a shot from the high slot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller, tying the game.
Franzen gave the Wings the lead with 36 seconds left in the first, tipping a Niklas Kronwall shot from the point past Hiller.
Corey Perry scored the Ducks’ first two goals, matching Franzen to have the game tied with 8:57 left in the second period.
Perry’s first came just 42 seconds into the game, taking a stretch pass from Chris Pronger during a bad change by the Detroit defense and snapping a shot past netminder Chris Osgood.
Perry tied the game on a bit of a broken play, as Ryan Getzlaf gained the zone while fighting of both Jonathan Ericsson and Nicklas Lidstrom, dropping the puck to Perry for a long blast.
Marian Hossa broke the tie and scored the eventual game-winner in a 3:02 span late in the second.
Hossa put a wrister from the right faceoff circle past Hiller with 3:58 left in the period, then beat him with a power play slap shot with 56 seconds left.
Samuelsson found the top corner on Hiller on a rush at 2:46 of the third.
Scott Niedermayer scored a power play goal with 9:57 left in regulation, pulling the Ducks to back within a pair, but Zetterberg’s empty-net goal with 2:33 remaining finished off the scoring.
Each team finished the night with a power play goal. The Red Wings had five power play tries while the Ducks had three, though two of those for each team were short.
Osgood made 25 saves on 28 shots against. Hiller stopped 28 of 33 Detroit chances before being pulled after Samuelsson’s goal. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all six shots that came his way in relief.
The two teams will meet again on Sunday as the series shifts back to Detroit for Game Five.
The Red Wings were once again without Brian Rafalski
and Kris Draper
… The Ducks were without James Wisniewski
, who was injured while taking a puck to the chest in Game Three.