The last two Stanley Cup champions were evenly matched in their second round series opener. Then Detroit got the best of Anaheim.
Nicklas Lidstrom scored his second goal of the game with 49.1 seconds left, lifting the Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Ducks on Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
Lidstrom started the winning play behind his own net, skated up the ice, shot and scored off his rebound.
He scored a go-ahead goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings in the second period after teammate and fellow Swede Johan Franzen tied it in the first following their first deficit of the playoffs.
Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne scored for the Ducks.
Game 2 is Sunday in Detroit.