Ducks advance to Western Conference 2nd round thanks to Game 6 comeback

Ian McLaren
Jerome Miron / USA TODAY Sports

The Anaheim Ducks eliminated the Dallas Stars with an overtime victory in Game 6. 

Anaheim overcame a two-goal deficit and won on a goal scored by Nick Bonino 2:47 into the extra frame.

The Stars jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead on goals scored by Trevor Daley, Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt. Ben Lovejoy brought the Ducks to within one early in the second, but Daley added his second of the night midway though the frame, ending Frederik Andersen's night.

While registering 17 shot attempts over the last four minutes of the third, Nick Bonino brought Anaheim to within one with 2:10 remaining, and Devante Smith-Pelley tied it with 24 seconds to go to send the game to overtime.

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Star Performer

Daley made an early case for this distinction, registering two goals and an assist through 40 minutes, including this breakaway tally to open the scoring.

It was Bonino, however, who stole the show, giving his team new life late in the third before capping things off with the overtime winner.


Turning Point

Twenty-four seconds from a trip back to Anaheim for Game 7, Devante Smith-Pelley scored his second goal of the night to tie it up at four, as the referee astutely allowed play to continue in the midst of a goal-mouth scramble.


Highlight Reel

With all due respect to the likes of Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, Sunday belonged to Daley and Bonino, both of whom stole the show at different points in the game.

Daley made it 4-2 in the second on this unbelievable individual effort.


Bonino scored from a seemingly impossible late in the third to spark his team's improbable comeback.


Quote of the Night

Series at a Glance

Game 1 Recap: Ducks 4, Stars 3

Game 2 Recap: Ducks 3, Stars 2

Game 3 Recap: Stars 3, Ducks 0

Game 4 Recap: Stars 4, Ducks 2                                                                

Game 5 Recap: Ducks 6, Stars 2