DETROIT (Ticker) -- The wait proved worth it for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Paul Kariya scored 3:18 into triple overtime after Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 63 saves in his playoff debut as the Ducks stunned the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, in the opener of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
The greatest player in franchise history, Kariya came up with one of his biggest goals. After defenseman Niclas Havelid's shot from the right point hit teammate Mike Leclerc in front of the net, the puck caromed off the skate of Detroit's Sergei Fedorov to the edge of the right faceoff circle.
Kariya got to it and put a wrist shot past the stick of goaltender Curtis Joseph for his ninth career playoff goal and second game-winner.
It instantly gave home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series to Anaheim, which was outshot, 64-44, including a 36-13 margin after regulation.
"It was a nice feeling," Kariya said. "The game belong to Jiggy, he was incredible today. They really outplayed us a lot of the game and he kept us in and let us win the game."
"There was a shot from the point that never made it through. It hit something in front and, unfortunately, it just laid in the right spot and Kariya had time," Joseph said. "He made a great lateral move and made a good shot."
Giguere continually frustrated the Red Wings, who swept the Ducks in their first two playoff meetings. The 63 saves set an NHL record for a goaltender making his postseason debut.
"I like getting a lot of shots and it was fun," Giguere said. "They really came out very strong in the fourth (period), and even in the fifth they had a lot of shots. They're that type of team, they shoot the puck a lot, they go to the net and they try to get some rebounds."
"Look at the shot clock, it sort of indicates how good he was," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said. "He made a couple of saves that from our vantage point looked like the puck went in. They didn't go in and he kept them in the game."
Game Two is Saturday in Detroit, where the Red Wings dropped the first two games of last year's conference quarterfinals before beginning their march to another Stanley Cup championship.
"Maybe it's a good omen because last year we lost the first game of the series and we still won," Detroit right wing Darren McCarty said. "We did a lot of good things tonight and we're happy about that. We just have to prepare to come out and win the next game."
Of all of the Red Wings' near-misses in overtime, none came closer to ending the game than Luc Robitaille's chance with 10:39 to go in the first extra period.
Given some space on the left side, Robitaille got off a blast from the top of the faceoff circle that beat Giguere to the glove side but hit the crossbar. The goal light came on and some Red Wings celebrated before congregating at the tunnel leading to the locker room to watch replays on television.
After a lengthy review, the video replay official ruled the puck did not go in the net.
"I wasn't sure," Robitaille said. "It didn't make any sound. Usually, when it doesn't make any sound like that, it's in the net. That's why I thought it was in."
"I took a look at my crossbar and I could tell where the puck hit the crossbar. And just from knowing that, I knew that it was impossible that it went in," said Giguere, who almost immediately began waving his arms to signal no goal. "I wasn't very worried when they went upstairs."
Anaheim had only two good scoring chances in overtime before Kariya's game-winner. Steve Thomas broke in alone with 2:34 to go in the first extra period but shot over the net. Early in the third overtime, Patric Kjellberg had a shot from the slot off a 2-on-1 but missed the net with a one-timer.
"We showed a lot of character and poise for a team that's in this situation," Ducks defenseman Keith Carney said. "We didn't play as well as we'd like to in the overtime periods, but we'll learn from that."
Of Anaheim's eight previous playoff losses to Detroit, three were overtime defeats.
"I'm sick and tired of these OT games with Detroit in the playoffs," Ducks center Steve Rucchin said. "A little longer than we would have liked, but our goalie won one for us tonight. He's been the biggest part of our team all year, and it continues now."
Things started well enough for the Red Wings, who grabbed the lead just 4:15 into the first period.
On the power play, Brendan Shanahan sneaked behind Carney on the left side, got a pass from Tomas Holmstrom and flicked a shot from the bottom of the faceoff circle past Giguere.
But the Ducks, making their first postseason appearance in four years, did not panic.
After killing a power play, they tied it with 4:27 to go in the period on Adam Oates' first playoff goal since 1998. Defenseman Kurt Sauer's point shot hit Leclerc, who was tied up in front with Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom. The puck bounced into the slot, where Oates put a backhander by Joseph.
It turned out to be the last goal scored for nearly four hours.
"It was a lengthy game with a lot of chances and it would have been nice to win it," said Joseph, who stopped 42 shots in his first playoff appearance for the Red Wings. "It's one of those games that keeps going on and on and on. Come Saturday, we're going to be right back on it, just as determined."