ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Teemu Selanne and Jean-Sebastien-Giguere, Anaheim's stars, stepped up. It was less-heralded teammate Sean O'Donnell who won the game.
The defenseman scored on a slap shot 1:36 into overtime Thursday night to give the Mighty Ducks a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames and even their best-of-seven playoff series after four games.
Selanne got his first goal of the series to give the Ducks a two-goal lead in the second period, and Giguere flashed some of the magic he showed during a sensational postseason in 2003 when the Ducks reached the Stanley Cup finals.
Jarome Iginla got the Flames back in the game with a two-goal burst early in the third period, but O'Donnell settled things quickly in overtime with his first goal of the series.
The winning goal came 5 seconds after a Ducks' power play, with Stephane Yelle of the Flames out of the penalty box but scrambling to catch up with the play.
"That was an interesting feeling, realizing that it got through his legs there and that the game was over and that you were the one who shot it," said O'Donnell, who was mobbed by his teammates after his shot from the top of the left circle beat goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
"I just put my head down and hit it as hard as I could and it found its way through somehow," O'Donnell added.
Giguere finished with 25 saves and was especially efficient when the Flames were able to get a crowd near the crease.
Kiprusoff also had a solid game and stopped 27 shots, but he was screened on O'Donnell's shot.
"I don't know what happened. I'll look at the video and then I'll know better," Kiprusoff said.
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle was pleased the Ducks bounced back after a 5-2 loss in Game 3.
"We played more desperate that we did the other night. I think we have to ratchet it up another notch," Carlyle said.
After Calgary fell behind 2-0, Iginla abruptly evened it up with two goals in the first 3:16 of the third period. The Flames captain scored 11 seconds into the period, then added his third goal and sixth point of the series about 2 minutes later.
Game 5 will be played in Calgary on Saturday night.
Selanne said the series is going as expected.
"You get one punch, you give one punch. It's all even now," he said. "And when we go to Calgary, it's going to be a huge Game 5. If we can use this game as a confidence boost, we can do well there.
"It's like a saloon fight. "
Selanne, rejuvenated this season after having returning to the Ducks, had 40 goals and 50 assists to lead Anaheim during the regular season. Although he didn't score in the first three games of the series, his 11 shots were the most on the team, and he had two assists.
His first goal of the series came on a power play. Selanne, near the right goal post when Kiprusoff blocked a shot, saw the puck wobbling in the crease and poked it past the sprawling goalie for a 2-0 lead at 12:47 of the period.
The 35-year-old Selanne, who played in Anaheim from 1995-96 into 2001 before stints in San Jose and Colorado, had knee surgery in 2004. He signed as a free agent with the Ducks last August.
Giguere, the 2003 Conn Smythe winner as playoffs MVP, missed the opening game of the series with a lower body injury. He wasn't particularly impressive in the next two games, stopping 22 shots in Anaheim's 4-3 win in Game 2, then giving up five goals on 24 shots in the third game before his solid performance in Game 4.
Notes: Anaheim LW Todd Fedoruk was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon and was cleared to play in Saturday's game. Fedoruk was hospitalized for observation after he spit up blood following a collision in Tuesday's game. The team described the injury as a bruise to his upper body. ... Anaheim called up RW Justin Penner from Portland of the AHL before the game. ... The Flames haven't won consecutive games in Anaheim since the 1995-96 season.
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