DALLAS (AP) — Nick Bonino scored 2:47 into overtime, after getting one of Anaheim’s two goals late in regulation, and the Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 in Game 6 on Sunday night to clinch the first-round series.
Bonino took a wrist shot from in front of the net after getting a pass from Andrew Cogliano, making sure the Ducks didn’t need a Game 7 to advance in the playoffs for only the second time since winning their lone Stanley Cup title seven years ago.
The Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation to force overtime for the first time in the series.
Bonino skated around the from behind the net and got a puck over Kari Lehtonen’s left shoulder to get the Ducks within 4-3.
Anaheim got the overtime-forcing goal with 24 seconds left after a wild scramble in front of the net with an extra skater and Lehtonen without his stick.
When the puck trickled free, Devante Smith-Pelly pushed into the open gap for his second goal of the game for a 4-4 tie.
Corey Perry had the primary assists on both third-period goals for the Ducks, who will have to wait to see who they play in the second round. Teemu Selanne assisted on the first two Anaheim goals, by Smith-Pelly and Ben Lovejoy.
Trevor Daley scored twice on breakaways, the first goal coming after he got the puck charging out of the penalty box, and had an assist for the Stars.
Daley is the only current Stars player that was also on their last playoff team in 2008. The defenseman had only two goals in his first 34 career playoff games.
The home team won in each of the first five games, but the Ducks wanted to take advantage of the first opportunity it had to end the series.
Anaheim also led its opening-round series 3-2 last year. But the Ducks then lost twice to Detroit, including Game 7 at home.