DALLAS -- The Anaheim Ducks are moving on.
Nick Bonino's second goal of the game came 2:47 into overtime and Ducks won their Western Conference First Round Series against the Dallas Stars with a 5-4 overtime victory in Game 6 at American Airlines Center on Sunday night.
"I think we've come back a lot this season," Bonino said. "We've had one of the best comeback records. No one was down. I think we believed the whole time. It's easy to say that now, but we have a lot of character and it showed."
Bonino's first goal came with 2:10 remaining in regulation when he beat Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen short side. Devante Smith-Pelly's second goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime.
"[I was thinking] don't miss," Smith-Pelly said. "The goal was pretty empty so I was hoping I wouldn't flub it."
Bonino then eliminated Dallas early in the extra period with a wrist shot from the slot that beat Lehtonen to give the Ducks the series victory. Anaheim will face the winner of the first-round series between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks recorded the 10th multi-goal comeback of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (24.4 percent of the 41 playoff games played). That is a record for the most such victories in the first round of the postseason; there were only eight such victories in the entire 2013 playoffs.
"He has a knack, no matter how he's playing, good or bad but you put him out at the end because there's something about him that he's in the right position at the right time to make the right play," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Bonino. "That's what he's all about, so we put him out at the end and in overtime. I couldn't have scripted it any better."
"It's a great feeling to find a way to win," Hiller said. "Sometimes you're kind of not really believing in yourself, but yeah, we found a way. I thought I had a couple good stops when I came in, which gave me some confidence and I kind of never looked back from there."
Dallas had built a 4-2 lead after two periods following two goals from Trevor Daley, who scored the game's first goal early in the first period. Daley scored again midway through the second.
"I would say it's tough to lose this series considering how well we played the whole series really. We had just dominant periods that one thing that was missing was a little bit of finish," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said.
"We talked this morning about some of our finish. We had it right there at 4-2 with two minutes left. Sometimes hockey's cruel. It was cruel, really cruel, to a group of guys that worked as hard as they possibly could tonight. There wasn't one guy that was a passenger."
Lehtonen stopped 25 shots for Dallas; Eakin (goal, assist) and Alex Goligoski (two assists) each contributed two points.
"It's kind of like those couple of first games. I felt like we could have won them as much as they did and we lost those two and that hurt us," Lehtonen said. "This was kind of similar. We had it in the bag and just didn't get the result at the end."
Andersen, who stopped eight of 12 shots, was pulled midway through the second after Daley gave Dallas a 4-2 lead.
The Stars struck early when Daley scored on a breakaway 5:16 into the first period. Six seconds earlier, Daley had finished serving a high-sticking penalty on Bonino.
After Dallas forward Shawn Horcoff cleared the puck from the Stars blue line, Daley, fresh out of the penalty box, gained possession beyond the Ducks blue line and beat Andersen on a breakaway for his first goal of the playoffs.
Dallas added a second in the first period at 10:27 when Eakin scored a power-play goal. Eakin received a pass from Tyler Seguin in the low slot and one-timed it through Andersen's five-hole for his second goal of the postseason to give Dallas a two-goal edge.
Anaheim got one back at 17:57 of the first period when Smith-Pelly made it 2-1 with a power-play goal. Teemu Selanne assisted with a pass from behind the net to Smith-Pelly, who was alone at the near post for an easy tap-in.
However, the Stars regained their two-goal edge when Garbutt tapped in a rebound with 58.2 seconds remaining in the first period. Andersen had denied Eakin's initial effort, but Garbutt rushed in to finish the chance for his third goal of the playoffs.
The Ducks cut that lead in half early in the second when Lovejoy beat Lehtonen short side from the right point. Selanne stole the puck from Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon behind the Dallas net and got the primary assist with a pass to Lovejoy, which he quickly finished.
Daley found the back of the net again for the Stars at 10:33 of the second when he beat Andersen short side, ending Andersen's night. Daley skated up the right side of the ice and scored with a wrister over Andersen's blocker.
Andersen quickly left the ice and was replaced in net by Hiller for the second time in the series. Andersen was pulled in Game 4 after allowing four goals on 25 shots.
Dallas had a great chance to put the game away late in the second when rookie Valeri Nichushkin had a breakaway with 25 seconds remaining, but Nichushkin's wrister instead found the crossbar.
"It happened so fast so it's a bit of a shock, but I'm proud of our guys," Stars captain Jamie Benn said. "We battled hard all year. We battled hard to get into the playoffs and I thought we played a pretty good series against a pretty good team."
|Trevor Daley (1) ASST: Shawn Horcoff (5)|
1 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Cody Eakin (2) ASST: Tyler Seguin (2), Alex Goligoski (2)|
2 - 0 DAL
|PPG - Devante Smith-Pelly (1) ASST: Teemu Selanne (2), Rickard Rakell (1)|
2 - 1 DAL
|Ryan Garbutt (3) ASST: Cody Eakin (3), Trevor Daley (3)|
3 - 1 DAL
|Ben Lovejoy (1) ASST: Teemu Selanne (3)|
3 - 2 DAL
|Trevor Daley (2) ASST: Alex Goligoski (3)|
4 - 2 DAL
|Nick Bonino (2) ASST: Corey Perry (4), Matt Beleskey (2)|
4 - 3 DAL
|Devante Smith-Pelly (2) ASST: Corey Perry (5), Francois Beauchemin (4)|
4 - 4 Tie
|1st OT Period|
|Nick Bonino (3) ASST: Andrew Cogliano (3), Patrick Maroon (3)|
5 - 4 ANA
|Trevor Daley Hi-sticking against Nick Bonino|
|Mark Fistric Elbowing against Brenden Dillon|
|Saku Koivu Interference against Colton Sceviour|
|Erik Cole Interference against Francois Beauchemin|
|Alex Goligoski Interference against Corey Perry|
|Matt Beleskey Roughing against Brenden Dillon|
|Brenden Dillon Roughing against Matt Beleskey|
|Ben Lovejoy Hooking against Tyler Seguin|
|Cam Fowler Cross checking against Antoine Roussel|
|Patrick Maroon Tripping against Valeri Nichushkin|
|Corey Perry Hooking against Ryan Garbutt|
|Ryan Garbutt Diving against Corey Perry|
|Andrew Cogliano Roughing against Alex Chiasson|
|Alex Chiasson Roughing against Andrew Cogliano|
|1st OT Period|