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Down a goal, and facing the daunting task of going back to St. Louis down 3-1 in the series, the Los Angeles Kings played their best period of the playoffs this season.
Kings rallied late in the third with goals by Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams 76 seconds apart, leading the Kings a 4-3 victory and squared their best of seven series at two apiece.
Both teams struggled offensively during the first three games, never leading by more than a goal. After the Blues' identical 2-1 victories at home, Kings goalie Jonathan Quick posted his fifth career playoff shutout in Game 3.
But the Blues and Kings scored four goals in the first 14 minutes of Game 4 and combined for seven goals -- the same number they scored in the first three games of the defense-dominated series combined.
The Kings hadn't won a playoff game after trailing by two goals since 2001, and they hadn't rallied from a third-period deficit to win a postseason game since the first round last year.
We needed a big third period. We needed a response," Williams said. They had a couple of leads in the game and we were able to fight them off. Now is not the time to let your foot off the accelerator. Now is the time to keep pushing.
It was night of firsts for two Kings players. Kopitar and Jeff Carter each scored their first of the playoffs. For Kopitar, it was his first goal in 20 games.
Its hard to explain but every time youre going through a drought of 20, 19, you know when you get that one, you feel 100 pounds lighter, Kopitar said.
While Kopitars goal evened the game at three, it was the Kings' star of the series Williams who redirected a Mike Richards shot past goalie Brian Elliott for the game winner.
"It seems like when playoff time comes around, he (Williams) has another gear," Kopitar said. "Hes been our best player so far offensively and hes been making plays in the defensive zone as well.
The series now shifts back to St. Louis on Wednesday for Game 5, before returning to Staples Center on Friday for Game 6.
"We have to ride this wave into St. Louis," Kopitar said. "We know we have to win one on the road, so there is no better time than Wednesday night.
In Detroit, the Ducks lost two leads in the final period before falling 3-2 in overtime to the Red Wings. Damien Brunner put home the game-winner with just under five minutes to play as the series now shifts to Anaheim tied, 2-2. For Brunner, this helped erase some bad memories from the Wings' Game 3 loss.
It was a tough way to end the night for Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller. If not for his performance, the game would never have made it to overtime. The Ducks were badly outshot 49-33, and midway through the second period, Anaheim had registered just 10 shots on goal.
It appeared on the overtime goal that Hiller had a chance to challenge Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist, who had a partial breakaway, and while he got a piece of the puck, Brunner was in the right place at the right time, to put home the rebound.
"It's a tough call for the goalie," said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. "He has to anticipate who is going to win the race and evidently he didn't know. It was a 50-50 shot, so it is better to stay in the net. I mean, he made the save -- it's the other five guys on the ice that didn't pick up Brunner coming in."
Anaheim, will need to play with a little more desperation if they want to regain control of the series. They will have their chance on Wednesday night when the series shifts back to Honda Center for a crucial Game 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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