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Detroit's Franzen opens with three-goal first

Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:19 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2010 10:23 pm
By Erin Brown

Detroit Red Wings winger Johan Franzen is not ready to hit the golf course.

With his team facing elimination in Game 4, Franzen netted three consecutive goals in a span of 3:27 during the first period.

Franzen recorded his first at 7:50 into the game by knocking in a loose puck from the edge of the crease. He padded the lead with a blast into the far right corner at 10:43, then capped the natural hat trick just 33 seconds later.

Officials originally credited Franzen with the first goal, but the scoring changed during the first intermission. Todd Bertuzzi registered the opening tally. Franzen picked up an assist on the goal. The winger also assisted on Brian Rafalski's power play tally in the second, and scored his fourth of the game 7:33 into the third.

Had the first tally stood, Franzen would have tied an NHL record for most goals in a playoff game. Only Montreal's Newsy Lalonde and Maurice Richard, Toronto's Darryl Sittler, Philadelphia's Reggie Leach and Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux have scored five times in a postseason contest.

Only two players scored four goals in a period in NHL history: Tim Kerr in 1987 and Lemieux in 1989. Three of Kerr's goals came in a record span of 3:24. Franzen came within seconds of matching the feat.

With the effort, Franzen became the 13th player in playoff history to record four points in a period.

The Swede entered Thursday's contest with a 10-goal point streak (two goals, nine assists) In his last 49 games prior to Game 4, Franzen netted 52 points (27 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-25 rating.

Detroit closed out the first period with a 5-0 lead. San Jose's Thomas Greiss relieved netminder Evgeni Nabokov at the start of the second stanza.

The San Jose Sharks lead the series 3-0.


Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2010 1:09 pm

Detroit's Franzen opens with three-goal first

If the is a game 6 at the JOE, I will be there!!!!   Go Wings!!!

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2010 11:19 pm


Can never get enough of the word stanza - LOVE IT!

Obviously not many teams (2) have ever come back from being down 3-nil but wouldn't be something to see Detroit just KICK THE SNOT out of the Sharks four straight times?!  CAN'T WAIT FOR GAME 5!!  If they find a way to get back to the Joe - the place will be going bananas, Stefani-style.  If Detroit wins Game 5 - we will DEFINITE SEE A GAME 7!!!!

Some get some Riccola for the Sharks - I feel a cough coming on!



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2010 9:15 pm

Detroit's Franzen opens with three-goal first

Desparate times call for desparate measures. Credit the Wings for their "never say die" attitude. Sharks came out looking like they were
there for the handshake. See you in SJ, Det.!  Should be a better game for sure.

Since: Mar 4, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:56 pm
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Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:47 pm

Detroit's Franzen opens with three-goal first

The listed Franzen has having four goals. They made the change during the first intermission.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:39 pm

Detroit's Franzen opens with four-goal first

one goal was bertuzi perhaps you should watch the game before writing on the game.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2010 8:30 pm

Detroit's Franzen opens with four-goal first

F yes!

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