Franzen Leads Red Wings over Panthers

Johan Franzen scored 4:40 into the third period Friday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers. It was his 14th game winning goal in his last forty games played.

Franzen tipped a blueline shot from Niklas Kronwall past Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun with the Red Wings on a power play.

Detroit had taken a 2-0 lead early on goals by Marian Hossa.

With 2:53 remaining in the first period, Hossa threw a shot on goal from the corner, banking it off of goaltender Craig Anderson and into the net.

At 1:37 of the second, Hossa scored again on a slapper from the top of the faceoff circle, chasing Anderson.

The Panthers rallied before the end of the middle frame on goals by Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss.

Zednik scored at 6:02 of the period, backhanding the rebound of a Bryan McCabe shot past Ty Conklin.

Weiss snapped a wrister past Conklin with 8:09 left in the second, evening the game up.

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Ty Conklin gets the start in the second of back-to-back games for the Red Wings. He's up against Craig Anderson, who shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

That's the only lineup change for Detroit.

I'll be missing most of tonight's game live and given how last night's went, I'm not sure I'm worried about it. Here's a prediction: One team scores twice, the other team gets a bunch of power plays, it ends up a close game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/14/2008 at 7:12 PM

 

Hossa scores from below the goal line. Terrible mistake by Anderson. And it's confirmed.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 8:11 PM

 

Terribly boring period. But 1 nil up, can't really complain.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 8:19 PM

 

Wasn't really paying attention, just noticed it was 2-0 then the Panthers scored. 2-1.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 8:43 PM

 

Hossa got the second goal, which I didn't see.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 8:46 PM

 

It's all tied up. Rafalski gave it away in the defensive zone.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 8:53 PM

 

Back in front! Kronwall with the shot. Took a deflection.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 9:33 PM

 

And that's the win. Yet another 1 goal win.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 11/14/2008 at 10:06 PM

 

Game was on in the background for most of the night. Looked a lot like the New Jersey game, where not a lot was happening, not a lot of sustained pressure for either team.

Wings looked strong in the third. Good to see on back-to-back nights.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/14/2008 at 10:23 PM

 
Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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