Franzen's Five Goals Carry Red Wings over Senators

Johan Franzen scored five goals Wednesday night, equaling the output of the Ottawa Senators as the Detroit Red Wings earned a 7-5 win.

The five goals were the most by a Red Wing since Sergei Fedorov scored all of the Detroit goals in a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals on December 26, 1996.

Ottawa's Alexei Kovalev opened the game's scoring just 1:15 in, when he lifted a shot over scrambling Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard for a power play goal.

Franzen scored his first at 6:52 of the opening period, banging the puck past Ottawa netminder Robin Lehner from the side of the crease.

Just 48 seconds later, Franzen made it 2-1 when he beat Lehner from the high slot off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg.

The Senators replied one minute later, with Peter Regin deflecting a shot from Kovalev past Howard to tie the game back up.

With 8:48 left in the period, Daniel Alfredsson found a wide open Chris Campoli in the left faceoff circle to snap a shot past Howard, putting Ottawa up 3-2.

Kris Draper put a rebound chance past Lehner with 9:24 left in the second period and Niklas Kronwall blasted a shot into the back of the net 13 seconds later to make it 4-3 Detroit and chase Lehner from the net.

Milan Michalek tied the game back up 29 seconds after Kronwall's goal, beating Howard on his own rebound chance to make it 4-4.

Franzen's third of the night came just 30 seconds into the third period. He snapped a shot from the left faceoff dot past Brian Elliot on a rush and a Detroit power play.

Michalek's second goal of the game tied it back up 29 seconds later. He tipped a Kovalev shot past Howard to make it 5-5.

Franzen scored on a two-man advantage at 7:10 of the third to put the Red Wings back out in front. Brian Rafalski's shot went wide of Elliot but the puck bounced off the back boards and came out the other side, where Franzen lifted it into the net.

The Senators appeared to tie the game with about eight minutes left when Chris Neil poked the puck out from under Howard and into the net but the play was blown down.

With 34 seconds left, Franzen completed the scoring, adding an empty net goal.

The Red Wings finished the night with two goals on three power play chances. The Senators scored once on two power play tries.

Howard made 29 saves on 34 Ottawa shots. Lehner stopped 15 of 19 shots faced while Elliot took the loss, stopping 16 of 18 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Notes: Danny Cleary returned to the Detroit lineup after missing 14 games with a broken ankle... Pavel Datsyuk is expected to return from his broken hand on Friday or Saturday. Tomas Holmstrom could also return from injury this weekend.

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The Red Wings return from the All-Star break tonight in Ottawa.

They'll get Danny Cleary back from his broken ankle but Pavel Datsyuk remains out, so Jan Mursak has been called back up to fill in. Tomas Holmstrom is also still on the mend.

Jimmy Howard gets the start, as would be expected with Joey MacDonald still backing him up.

The Senators are missing a bunch of people, including Jason Spezza. Rookie goalie Robin Lehner gets the start. Ottawa is coming off a loss in New Jersey last night.

All that combines to set up a game the Wings can easily overlook, so they have to be careful not to.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 4:28 PM

 

What the f*ck was that? Jimmy all over the damned place.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:12 PM

 

Way to stick with it, Mule!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:21 PM

 

And another one! Fantastic passing, excellent shot.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:22 PM

 

I don't even know who should have had him. This is gonna be one of *those* games.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:24 PM

 

Running around in circles. Kronner not paying attention.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:27 PM

 

What happened to FSD? It's all nice looking and there's no virtual ads.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/2/2011 at 7:40 PM

 

To the dressing room. Regroup. That period was a mess but could have been worse.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:44 PM

 

What happened to FSD? It's all nice looking and there's no virtual ads.


No virtual ads in road games, I think. Something has to be set up in-arena for them.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 7:45 PM

 

Draper finishes! Another goal from not giving up on the play.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 8:18 PM

 

Quick goals again. Holy hell, this is a weird game. Kronner needed that after blowing the coverage earlier.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 8:19 PM

 

Who didn't see that coming?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 8:21 PM

 

Dammit Cleary!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 8:36 PM

 

Curly Fries from the Mule!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 8:55 PM

 

Put in Joey. Jesus f*cking Christ, Jimmy.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 8:57 PM

 

Mule loves the top of the net. Cleary should take lessons.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 9:06 PM

 

Holy f*ck, intent to blow saves the Wings two games in a row.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 9:18 PM

 

Five for the Mule and the Wings lead by two

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2011 at 9:32 PM

 

I know that last one was just an empty netter, but holy eff 5 goals?!?!?! Wow, 5 goals by Franzen and 1 by Draper. This game made no sense.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/2/2011 at 9:32 PM

 
Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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