The Ducks were only seconds away from a clean getaway. They rallied from a three-goal deficit with an frenetic comeback in the closing minutes of the third period of Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings.

They needed to survive two more seconds shorthanded, gain control of the puck and then all the game's momentum would be on their side, with a raucous sellout crowd of 17,182 ready to erupt in cheers when a slashing penalty to Sheldon Souray expired.

Then Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist crushed the Ducks' hopes and dreams, giving the Red Wings a 5-4 victory with a power-play goal 1 minute, 21 seconds into sudden-death overtime. Nyquist's first playoff goal in his sixth postseason game ended a back-and-forth game in stunning fashion.

The Red Wings built leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before the Ducks rallied with three goals in the final 12:10 of the third period. Ryan Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Bobby Ryan scored for the Ducks to tie the score at 4-4, sending it to overtime.

"I don't think you feel good after we lost an opportunity to put a stranglehold on them in the series," said Ryan, who tied the score 4-all with 2:22 remaining in the third by punching home a centering pass from defenseman Cam Fowler. "We let it get away."

The Ducks went shorthanded after Souray took a slashing penalty with 38 seconds left in regulation after Jonas Hiller made a spectacular save on Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk to preserve the tie. The Ducks killed off all but two seconds of the penalty.