DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg picked a good time to break out of his scoring slump.
Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the third period, sending the original six NHL team to a fourth OT in a series for the first time in franchise history.
Zetterberg, who scored a go-ahead goal 6:19 into the third period, had a shot to win it with about a minute left. But his shot hit the right post and slid across the crease.
He found the back of the net with a slap shot from above the left circle to end the game and send the series back to California.
Second-seeded Anaheim will host seventh-seeded Detroit on Sunday night in the deciding game.
The Red Wings, in their 22nd straight post-season, have a chance to win their first series after being down 3-2 since the 2002 Western Conference finals. They beat Colorado then and went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.
Zetterberg's first goal snapped a career-long, seven-game post-season skid — dating to last year's first-round exit against Nashville — and was the 52nd of his career in the playoffs. He has an NHL-high 50 goals in the playoffs since 2006.
Detroit looked like it got comfortable and it made some costly mistakes to spoil a chance to win in regulation.
Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula carried the puck behind Howard and passed it back to where Etem was the only one in a position to get it. Much to Howard's surprise — the goalie wasn't ready to slide over to make a save.
Ryan slammed a shot past Howard with 2:37 remaining to tie it.
Detroit was knocked out of the first round last year following five consecutive postseasons in which it advanced at least once, a run which includes winning an NHL title in 2008 and falling a win short of repeating the next year.
The Ducks are trying to earn a spot in the second round for the first time since 2009, when they were eliminated by the Red Wings in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.
Datsyuk put the Red Wings ahead with 1:12 left in the first period and Palmieri was credited with a tying goal in the second that went off a Detroit defenceman.
The Red Wings were given an opportunity to regain the lead when Palmieri was called for high-sticking in the final period, and they didn't waste the opportunity.
Zetterberg's slap shot from the top of the left circle sailed through the air and past teammate Johan Franzen, whose net-front presence made it tough for Hiller to stop it.
Detroit had an extra skater for a third time midway through the third period, leading to Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau screaming from the bench that his team had skated for 50 minutes without the home team being in the penalty box.
Soon after Anaheim killed the penalty, Cleary made it 3-1.
Abdelkader was productive in his return to the top line with Datsyuk and Zetterberg after serving a two-game suspension for hitting Toni Lydman's head in Game 3.
Datsyuk created some space as if the Red Wings had an extra skater late in the first period, He took a pass in the left circle from Zetterberg and skated to the slot to get off a shot that Hiller didn't see because Abdelkader was obstructing his view.
It was Datsyuk's second goal of the series and Zetterberg's fourth assist.
Palmieri's third goal of the series made it 1-1 midway through the second period.
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