Anaheim's Cam Fowler, Nick Bonino, and Emerson Etem celebrate Bonino's game winning goal in overtime. (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)
Detroit — The Ducks flew in overtime Wednesday in Anaheim, dominating play from the start and scoring at 1:54 to send the series back to Joe Louis Arena, 3-2 in their favor.
The Red Wings played well in Game 5 and dominated the second period, but their failure to score on 4:11 of a man advantage and then immediately yielding a goal after it expired was the turning point.
"I thought we did a lot of good things," Mike Babcock told Fox Sports Detroit after the game.
"Our goaltender was superb in the first. I thought we were really competitive in the second and the third was even."
There was one shot in the overtime period. It was by the Ducks' Nick Bonino and it beat Jimmy Howard, who had no chance.
Bonino was fed by Ben Lovejoy, a defenseman, who made an outstanding play in the right corner and just got by the Wings' Brian Lashoff to bring the puck back out in front of the net with a strong move.
Joakim Andersson had Bonino. But he left him for an instant to move closer to the crease as Lovejoy made his move. With Lovejoy's cross-crease pass to Bonino, Andersson waved his stick to try to disrupt Bonino's stick. But Andersson had moved too far away to reach it.
Before the goal, it was all Ducks in overtime. The Red Wings never managed to get their feet under them, and then it was over.
"They got one good chance there in overtime," Henrik Zetterberg said. "And then they got another one, and it went in.
"So, now we've just got to regroup and go back home and win one."
Lovejoy has three career playoff assists and is a minimal offensive threat, generally. But on one play near the start of overtime in Game 5, he might as well have been Bobby Orr.
Letting it get away
From 14:15 to 18:26 of the second period, the Wings had a man advantage, when the Ducks forward Daniel Winnik injured Daniel Cleary and was called for a boarding major.
The Red Wings were ahead 2-1 and looking to put the game on ice, with Jimmy Howard providing an outstanding performance in net.
But the Wings managed just one shot in 4:11 of a power play.
While they hit a post and the side of the net, their play was a lot less about shooting and making things difficult for Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, than it was about passing and skating.
"No question about it," Babcock said. "We'd have liked to score on that power play."
It might have made their season, sending the back home up 3-2 in the series.
Instead, they took their own penalty, played 4-on-4 for 49 seconds and then had to go on the kill.
The Ducks scored in 13 seconds.
A lesser team might have faded. It was to the Wings' credit that they played about even with the Ducks in the third period, after that massive turn of events with just 32 seconds left in the second.
But they had let the game, and perhaps the series, slip away.
It has not been his best playoff series, but Howard was terrific and, at times, spectacular Wednesday, stopping 31 of 34 shots.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said the first 10 minutes of Game 5 would be crucial. His players came out like they believed him. They were all over the Red Wings.
But in the first 12 minutes, Howard stopped 14 shots.
As has too frequently been the case throughout the season, Howard started long before his mates, who were late to the party.
"We'd like to start on time and be a little better," Babcock said. "Howie really held us in."
After having allowed three or fewer goals in 18 of his previous 19 playoff games, Howard allowed four in Games 2 and 3. He went back down to two on Monday and three Wednesday.
None of the trio of scores in Anaheim was his fault, and he stopped many a scoring chance, including a spate of break-ins. He was especially strong from 7:57 to 11:54 of the first, when the Wings killed two penalties, including a 5-on-3 for 22 seconds.
At that juncture, Howard made one of a few of his scintillating saves, a real glove-waver on Corey Perry, who was left to skate off into the corner, head shaking.
Rookies good, rookies bad
As is the case with most rookies in most playoff games, they played both good and bad for the Wings in Game 5.
Four playoff rookies, Andersson, Damien Brunner, Lashoff and Jakub Kindl were on the ice for the Ducks' winning goal.
Brendan Smith had one giveaway and was a minus-one for the evening.
Kindl had a takeaway, two blocked shots and did not commit major gaffes as he did on Monday.
Nyquist was a minus-one and he had three shots. But he also had three giveaways.
Lashoff had three hits and two blocked shots, but two giveaways.
Brunner had an assist, six shots and a block.
Andersson was a minus-1, with two shots and a block. But he was only five of 11 on face-offs.
It has been a long, disconcerting, dispiriting year for a decent goal scorer and a good guy, Mikael Samuelsson.
Seeing him make it 2-1 Red Wings eight seconds past the halfway point of the game looked like justice.
Samuelsson no doubt thinks it would have been more righteous had the Wings made it 3-1 on that power play.