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Red Wings force Game 7 against Ducks

Saturday - 5/11/2013, 5:06pm  ET

Detroit Red Wings players celebrate Henrik Zetterberg's goal in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Detroit, Friday, May 10, 2013. Detroit won 4-3. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer

DETROIT (AP) -- Three periods haven't been enough for the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings to decide three straight games and four overall in their first-round series.

No one will be surprised if Game 7 extends beyond regulation to tie an NHL record.

Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal 1:04 into overtime, lifting the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over Anaheim in Game 6 on Friday night after they blew a two-goal lead late in the third period.

"The guys who have been there before all stepped up and said what had to be said," said Zetterberg, a first-year captain. "We didn't have to say that much.

"We just had to flush it and go out and play."

Second-seeded Anaheim will host seventh-seeded Detroit on Sunday night in the elimination game.

Both teams have set franchise records for OT games in a series and if another one is necessary, a league mark will be matched.

The 1951 Stanley Cup finals in which Toronto beat Montreal and the 2012 Western Conference finals in which Chicago got past Phoenix are the only series in NHL history that had five games decided by OT, according to STATS.

Three of the OT games in the Detroit-Anaheim series have ended soon after the third intermission.

Zetterberg scored quickly Friday night, sending a slap shot from the top of the left circle past Jonas Hiller. Anaheim's Nick Bonino won Game 5 just 1:54 into OT and Detroit's Gustav Nyquist ended Game 2 just 1:21 into OT.

The Red Wings, in their 22nd straight postseason, have a chance to win their first series after being down 3-2 since the 2002 Western Conference finals, when they beat Colorado and went on to hoist the Stanley Cup.

With a team that is trying to rebuild while staying competitive, they've got a shot to do it again.

"We're excited," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We said the shorter we can make the series, advantage us, and you can't make it any shorter than this."

The Red Wings wasted a two-goal lead in the last 3
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