Anaheim’s Nick Bonino scored on a power play — seconds after Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader was ejected for a violent hit on Toni Lydman — and the Ducks went on to a 4-0 victory over the Red Wings to take a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference playoffs.
Elsewhere, Los Angeles, chasing back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, beat St Louis to trim the series deficit to 2-1, Washington beat the New York Rangers in overtime to go up 2-0 and Toronto beat Boston to square their series at 1-1.
Detroit’s Abdelkader appeared to catch Lydman square in the side of the head with his left shoulder, and he was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct with 4 minutes, 49 seconds remaining in the second.
The Ducks immediately took advantage, when Bonino backhanded a shot past the goalie from point-blank range.
Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Matt Beleskey added to the lead in the third period for the Ducks.
Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick made up for his costly errors in the first two games of the series by shutting out St Louis as the Kings beat the Blues 1-0.
Slava Voynov scored the sole goal for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who got a brilliant performance from their goalie in a tight defensive game.
The Kings are unbeaten at home since March 23.
Washington’s Mike Green scored a power-play goal in overtime to give the Capitals a 1-0 win over the Rangers in a game featuring outstanding performances by both goaltenders.
Green nailed a one-timer from high in the slot precisely at the eight-minute mark of the extra period.
Washington goalie Braden Holtby made 24 saves for his first career playoff shutout, and has stopped 59 of 60 shots in the series. At the other end, Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves for the Rangers.
Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul scored twice as the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins 4-2 to square the series away.
The Maple Leafs played aggressively from the start after a weak performance in the series opener. Toronto delivered 22 hits in the first period to just 10 for Boston.
Nathan Horton gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 1:56 of the second period, but Lupul scored at 5:18 on a power play and at 11:56.
Phil Kessel made it 3-1 on a breakaway 53 seconds into the third period. Johnny Boychuk cut the lead at 10:35, before James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto at 16:53.