The Detroit Red Wings won their fourth game in a row Tuesday night, earning a 2-1 decision over the St. Louis Blues for their ninth win in the last eleven games.
Franzen scored at 8:22 of the final frame. Nicklas Lidstrom carried the puck down the left side and ran out of room to move, throwing a shot on net. Franzen got to the rebound and knocked it past netminder Manny Legace to put the Red Wings in front.
Andy MacDonald scored the Blues’ lone goal 2:36 into the second off a turnover at the Detroit blue line. He skated in alone on Osgood with Cleary unable to catch up from behind before he lifted a shot over the Detroit goaltender’s shoulder.
The two teams will meet again on Friday night in the second game of the home-and-home series.
Dan Cleary returned to the Detroit lineup after missing six weeks with a fractured jaw… Dominik Hasek did not make the trip, staying home with the flu.