The Anaheim Ducks don’t count on forward Todd Marchant to give them much scoring. But the 35-year-old, who scored just fives times in the regular season, made sure the Ducks’ efforts for five periods-plus in Detroit yesterday resulted in a 4-3 win in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series with the Red Wings.
Marchant’s goal beat Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood 1:15 into the third overtime and evened the series at 1-1 heading to Honda Center for Games 3 and 4.
It was great redemption for Marchant and defenseman James Wisniewski, who assisted on the goal. The Red Wings’ first goal of the game went off defenseman Brad Stuart’s foot, and snuck past Marchant before banking off Wisniewski’s foot and beating Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller. The rookie netminder, however, shrugged off that one bit of adversity and might’ve save the Ducks season. Hiller stopped 59 shots, including 29 in the overtimes.
The Red Wings now have to shake off this draining loss in order to go after the home-ice advantage while playing in Anaheim. The games in SoCal are sure to be just as hard-fought and might go well into the night in the Eastern time zone. More unlikely heroes like Marchant are sure to be born as well.
•In the Vancouver-Chicago series, the Canucks are in the same position Boston will be in starting today. The Canucks had won their first five playoff games before dropping Game 2 at home to the Blackhawks. Now they’ve changed their focus and are hoping to tidy up their defensive-zone play before Tuesday night’s Game 3 in Chicago. The Blackhawks are intent on not playing catch-up in Games 3 and 4.