Ducks advance with late rally to beat Stars
Patrick Maroon of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates the game winning goal by Nick Bonino against the Dallas Stars during Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 27, 2014 - by Ronald Martinez
Nick Bonino scored the game winner 2:47 into overtime Sunday after the Ducks equalized by scoring twice late in the third period to oust Dallas, winning their best-of-seven series 4-2.
"We stuck with it and we found a way to do it," said Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen.
Bonino also scored one of Anaheim's two goals late in the third period to level the contest.
The Stars appeared to be cruising to a victory with just over two minutes left when the Ducks' offense struck, scoring twice in the final 2:10 of regulation.
Bonino scooted out from behind the net and rifled a shot from in close over the shoulder of Stars' netminder Kari Lehtonen to make it 4-3.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored from a mad scramble in front of Finland's Lehtonen to force the extra session with just 24 seconds remaining.
Allen said they are relieved to be through to the second round.
"It is an emotional thing," Allen said. "It doesn't matter who you are playing. There is so much parity in the league that no matter who you play, you are going to get all you can handle."
Anaheim, the Western Conference's top seed, is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's post-season, when they failed to live up to expectations.
Anaheim lost in the opening round of the playoffs in seven games to the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings beat Anaheim in Detroit in game six then won in Anaheim in game seven.
The Ducks' win over Dallas broke a string of five home ice victories in the series. Anaheim won games one, two, five and six to take the series.
In 2009, the Ducks beat San Jose in the first round before losing to Detroit in seven games.