VIDEO: Nick Bonino sends Ducks to second round with OT clincher

By Brian Stubits |

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How could the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs get any better? The Anaheim Ducks showed everybody how with a stirring comeback in the final minutes and then Nick Bonino's game-winning and series-clinching goal in overtime.

Not even three minutes into overtime, the Ducks put their forecheck to work and attacked the Stars hard in their own zone. The work by Andrew Cogliano was able to get the puck free and off the Ducks' sticks, allowing the Ducks to go to work. After a long cycle, Bonino found himself in front of the net and putting home the kind of goal every kid dreams of.

The only thing that beats an OT winner in the playoffs is when it clinches a series.

It was the end to a chaotic few minutes for the Ducks. They scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation, a spurt that began with another goal from Bonino. It was capped by Devante Smith-Pelly's second of the night that went in with 24 seconds to go, setting the stage for overtime. Who says this team is just Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf?

The Ducks were finally able to get a road win in this series to move on. Now they'll face either the Kings or Sharks in an all-California second-round matchup.

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