A valiant and unexpected comeback, but a difficult loss in the end for the Anaheim Ducks.

They rallied from three goals down late in the third period, tying the game, but saw Red Wings rookie Gustav Nyquist score an overtime power-play goal for a 5-4 victory.

So the series goes back to Detroit tied 1-1, instead of the Ducks roaring in with all sorts of momentum.

"You're mostly disappointed every time you lose," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When you do come back to tie it, and lose it, is a little more disappointing."

Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, who tied it 4-4 at 17:38 of regulation, almost deflected the would-be winner past goalie Jimmy Howard shortly after but the puck bounced wide.

The Red Wings earned a power play on Ducks defenseman Sheldon Souray's slashing call against Justin Abdelkader at 19:22 of the third period, and Nyquist scored the game-winner.

"I was hoping it would get done before overtime because I knew they (the Red Wings) would gain their composure again because the last 10 minutes (of regulation) they lost it," Boudreau said. "They were fortunate starting (overtime) on the power play and that was it."

The Ducks were blaming themselves, though, for allowing three Red Wings goals in the opening minute of each period.

"We weren't ready to play at the start of the game, and the start of the periods," forward Ryan Getzlaf said.