Franzen, Hossa Each Score Twice as Red Wings Defeat Ducks

Johan Franzen and Marian Hossa each scored two goals Thursday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks and evening their Western Conference Semifinal series at two games apiece.

Mikael Samuelsson and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings.

Franzen’s goals both came in the first period.

With 8:11 left in the frame, Franzen took a drop pass from Valtteri Filppula and snapped a shot from the high slot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller, tying the game.

Franzen gave the Wings the lead with 36 seconds left in the first, tipping a Niklas Kronwall shot from the point past Hiller.

Corey Perry scored the Ducks’ first two goals, matching Franzen to have the game tied with 8:57 left in the second period.

Perry’s first came just 42 seconds into the game, taking a stretch pass from Chris Pronger during a bad change by the Detroit defense and snapping a shot past netminder Chris Osgood.

Perry tied the game on a bit of a broken play, as Ryan Getzlaf gained the zone while fighting of both Jonathan Ericsson and Nicklas Lidstrom, dropping the puck to Perry for a long blast.

Marian Hossa broke the tie and scored the eventual game-winner in a 3:02 span late in the second.

Hossa put a wrister from the right faceoff circle past Hiller with 3:58 left in the period, then beat him with a power play slap shot with 56 seconds left.

Samuelsson found the top corner on Hiller on a rush at 2:46 of the third.

Scott Niedermayer scored a power play goal with 9:57 left in regulation, pulling the Ducks to back within a pair, but Zetterberg’s empty-net goal with 2:33 remaining finished off the scoring.

Each team finished the night with a power play goal. The Red Wings had five power play tries while the Ducks had three, though two of those for each team were short.

Osgood made 25 saves on 28 shots against. Hiller stopped 28 of 33 Detroit chances before being pulled after Samuelsson’s goal. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped all six shots that came his way in relief.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday as the series shifts back to Detroit for Game Five.

The Red Wings were once again without Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper… The Ducks were without James Wisniewski, who was injured while taking a puck to the chest in Game Three.

Game Four Pregame Notes

We’ve got about as much of a “must-win” as possible without being an elimination game on our hands tonight. A Detroit win brings the Red Wings back home tied in the series and with home-ice restored. A loss and they need three wins in a row to stay alive.

Even after getting a supremely lucky call to save them from overtime, the Ducks are still complaining about how evil and dirty the Red Wings are. Yawn.

Anaheim will be without defenseman James Wisniewski. Brett Festerling takes his spot on the Ducks’ blueline.

The Wings remain without Brian Rafalski and Kris Draper, who are pretty much gonna be cruxified if this season doesn’t end well and it turns out their injuries weren’t serious.

The game’s on Versus after the ‘Hawks and Canucks, which has just about no chance of ending before 10:30 so no one has any idea what will happen for those of us who don’t give a damn about that series.

Babcock: “Tonight we got hosed for sure”

No recap for tonight’s game. I feel no need to bother with the way that ended. I just want to post two quotes from Mike Babcock‘s postgame interview and a handful of thoughts of my own.

“We should be in overtime right now. We got two and they got two but we’re not playing.”

“Tonight we got hosed for sure.”

Babcock’s words to FSN Detroit’s John Keating. Unlike his counterpart from the Ducks, that is probably the most complaining Babcock will do.

Of course, it’s easy to say that had the Red Wings shown up for the first 30 minutes of the game, that last goal wouldn’t have mattered. And that should be said.

It should also be said that the game is sixty minutes long. If you happen to blow the first 30 of it you’re supposed to have 30 more to make a turnaround. The Wings made their turnaround. They tied the game up but were not allowed to continue for a reason that has nothing to do with their play. That’s not how it’s supposed to be.

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