Franzen Returns to Score Game-Winner as Red Wings Beat Flames

Johan Franzen returned to the Detroit lineup from the head injury that kept him out of last Saturday's matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes and scored the third period goal that lifted the Red Wings over Calgary Flames Thursday night.

At 7:55 of the third period, Franzen flipped the puck onto Miikka Kiprusoff's shoulder. It rolled down the Calgary goalie's back and into the net to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead.

Todd Bertuzzi snapped a shot over that same shoulder on a partial breakaway with 3:17 remaining to wrap up the 4-2 win.

The Flames had opened the scoring with 4:36 left in the first period. Mikael Backlund jumped into the slot uncovered and took a pass from behind the net from Curtis Glencross, banging the puck past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

Henrik Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board with 2:31 left in the period. Tomas Holmstrom gained the Calgary zone and worked the puck to Pavel Datsyuk as he and Zetterberg streaked into the zone. Datsyuk carried it through the right faceoff circle and dumped it across to Zetterberg to snap into the open side of the net.

Backlund put the Flames back in front 41 seconds later, swatting a bouncing puck past Howard on his backhand.

Nicklas Lidstrom's blueline blast on a Detroit power play evened things back up at 3:51 of the second period.

Lidstrom's goal was the only power play goal of the night. Detroit had five chances with the extra attacker while Calgary had six.

Howard made 34 saves on 36 shots on the night to get the win. Kiprusoff stopped 26 of Detroit's 30 chances.

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This is the first meeting in a four game series. Last year the Flames won both games at the Joe however, the Flames are coming off of the second game in a four in six night road trip. They won 1-0 in overtime against the Preds in their last game.

On paper the Wings lead in all categories except PK% and Shots per game.

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 7:20 PM

 

Jimmy with a couple decent shots from what I've seen so far. Better than I did, that's for sure.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:04 PM

 

Well f*ck. That looks familiar.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:05 PM

 

You could see that one coming. Very, very nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:08 PM

 

How did that not get cleared? Janik not looking good.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:10 PM

 

Zata!!!!!!

Edit: f*ck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 8:12 PM

 

Start of the second... Let's get it back

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 8:35 PM

 

Huh. I've never seen that called before.

Posted by catmandu on 10/21/2010 at 8:37 PM

 

Datsyuk deked Backlund about six times to get the puck to Lidstrom. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:38 PM

 

NICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 10/21/2010 at 8:49 PM

 

Modano still needs more shoot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 8:55 PM

 

Well this'll be interesting. Looks good to me.

Edit: That's a hell of a bounce. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:37 PM

 

I think Jimmy dove a bit there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:41 PM

 

Kronner, what the f*ck was that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:45 PM

 

Awful-looking powerplay there. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:52 PM

 

Never expect to see that from Bertuzzi. He jumped to get free and that was great shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:56 PM

 

Mickey's right, Jimmy's the first star tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/21/2010 at 9:59 PM

 
Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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