Franzen's Hat Trick Leads Red Wings Past Avalanche

Johan Franzen scored three goals Tuesday night, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche.

The win was Detroit's second in a row after a six-game losing streak.

Nicklas Lidstrom got the Wings on the board at 8:54 of the first period. Colorado defenseman Ryan Wilson cleared the puck off the end boards right out into the slot, where Lidstrom was all alone for a one-timer past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

Franzen's first of the night, originally credited to Valtteri Filppula, gave Detroit a two-goal lead just 2:36 into the second. Filppula carried the puck into the Colorado zone on a power play and held up along the right wing boards, giving Henrik Zetterberg time to get to the bottom of the right circle. Filppula sent the puck to Zetterberg, who moved it on to Jiri Hudler at the top of the left faceoff circle for a pass back to Filppula, who fired a shot past Varlamov that was tipped by Franzen in the slot on the way through.

Another deflection 4:17 later would give Franzen two goals on the night, when he tipped Niklas Kronwall's slap-pass from the left point past Varlamov from the slot.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere replaced Varlamov in the Avalanche net after allowing two power play goals on three shots with the man advantage.

Colorado got on the board with a power play tally of their own at 8:18 of the middle period, with rookie Gabriel Landeskog banging the puck out from under Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard and into the net.

Danny Cleary restored the Red Wings' three-goal lead with 5:14 remaining in regulation, first tipping a drive by Pavel Datsyuk, then going to the net to knock home the rebound.

The Avs cut it to 4-2 with a Milan Hejduk power play goal with 3:05 remaining. Hejduk picked up a loose puck right in front of the Detroit net and backhanded it past Howard.

Franzen completed his hat trick to wrap up the game's scoring, lofting a backhander from the neutral zone into the empty Colorado net with 32 seconds remaining.

Each team scored twice on the power play on the night. The Avalanche had three tries with the extra attacker while the Red Wings had five.

Howard made 24 stops on 26 Colorado shots. Varlamov stopped 13 of the 16 shots he faced before Giguere came in and made 12 saves on 13 shots.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Notes: Todd Beretuzzi (illness) and Patrick Eaves (back) were the scratched forwards for Detroit, while Mike Commodore was a healthy scratch on the blueline.

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It's the Colorado Avalanche at Detroit tonight, with the Red Wings hoping to build on their 5-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and get a winning streak going.

Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves remain out for the Wings, giving Fabian Brunnstrom another chance in the Detroit lineup. On the blue line, Jakub Kindl swaps back in for Mike Commodore. Jimmy Howard gets the start in goal.

Game time is 7:30 PM. TV is FSD.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 5:14 PM


What a shot. Kind of a gift but that was massive finish.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 7:52 PM


Tis the season of St. Nick.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/8/2011 at 7:55 PM


Not a bad period. I'd feel better if the Wings had gotten a PPG there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 8:13 PM


Oh that was a fun goal to watch. Amazing passing play. And Fil shot it! And it worked!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 8:34 PM


The doctor is in!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 11/8/2011 at 8:34 PM


Sweet goal.

Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/8/2011 at 8:34 PM


Don't tell me that wasn't a set play, that "shot" from the point was all pass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 8:42 PM


Wings chase a goalie for the second consecutive game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 8:43 PM


Gift for the Avs. Awful call to put them on the power play, then charitable non whistle when the puck was covered.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 8:48 PM



Posted by DetroitRiver on 11/8/2011 at 8:53 PM


That evener is biting the Wings in the ass. Colorado's been on a roll since then.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 9:05 PM


Wings happy to survive that with the lead still at two. Gotta wake up to start the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 9:07 PM


Brunnstrom looked tired on the breakaway. Damn.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 9:35 PM


Cleary bangs home the rebound of his own tip of a Datsyuk shot. Important goal, gives back some breathing room.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 9:48 PM


Damn. Wings should have been able to clear that from the edge of the crease. Lets see if it matters.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 9:54 PM


Boxscore has Mule with three goals. Print it now in case they change it. Curly fries.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 11/8/2011 at 9:58 PM

Johan Franzen

Johan Franzen
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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