Brendan Smith played 34 games during the regular season and three more in the playoffs entering Monday night's game against Anaheim.

The Red Wings defenseman had yet to score a goal in any one of those games and, in fact, his only career goal came last season when he played just 14 games.

But with his team mired in a scoring drought that had passed 100 minutes by the time the third period of Game 4 began, it was the young blue-liner who finally got a puck past Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller and seemed to open the floodgates for the Red Wings, who went on to win 3-2 in overtime on a goal from Damien Brunner. It tied the first-round series at two games apiece as it heads back to Anaheim for Game 5 on Wednesday.

"It's been frustrating hitting posts and not being able to squeak it through," Smith said. "I've been kind of … it's been a little bit frustrating not having any goals during the regular season and then getting one in the playoff. But it's a great time for my first one and I'm happy about it. I think just keep at it and keep shooting and it's gonna find a way in the net."

Smith might not have been the choice of many to get the Red Wings back on the board. But considering he had seen his share of tough luck, he wasn't about to complain.

"Scoring this goal in the playoffs is quite a thrill and I was pretty luck it found its way in the net," Smith said. "There have been a lot of chances that have been point blank and they didn't go in, I hit the post or the knob of the stick and they just didn't find a way in. To finally get a greasy goal like that where it goes off somebody hopefully sets me off and I keep going from there."

The drought Smith helped break the Wings out of seemed nowhere near possible following a 5-4 victory in Game 2.

But after getting shut out in Game 3 — a 4-0 loss at home — Detroit found itself mired in a full-fledged scoring slump two periods into Game 4.