Tag:Johan Franzen
Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:42 pm

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates a goal on Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks during Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. (Getty Images)

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

Detroit's Franzen opens with three-goal first

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.

Posted on: May 1, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:24 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 12:30 p.m.

• Flyers looking to take Game 1 in series' first dance. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins, Flyers have different styles, but get ready for a great fight. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m.

• Blackhawks know its all about stopping the twin duo of Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin . Henrik scored a career-high and NHL-leading 112 points. Daniel amassed a career-best 85 points in just 63 games.No team's top line boasts the same combination of firepower and hockey ESP, but then no top line features two players who literally have grown together since birth. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault waiting to last minute to pick fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 1-0)

• As Penguins move the puck more, the more effectively they have been on the power play. It's no surprise that the Penguins were four-for-four in the 6-3 victory over the Canadiens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Jordan Staal injured, likely out for some time for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' Josh Gorges says don't blame goalie Jaroslav Halak . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead series 1-0)

• It didn't take long for Sharks coach Todd McLellan to start sparring with Detroit counterpart Mike Babcock . Babcock stirred things up with his accusation after Game 1 that Devin Setoguchi embellished the Red Wings penalty that led to San Jose's winning goal, punctuating his charge with a geographic reference that made it more personal. "You're from Western Canada," Babcock said, "don't do that crap." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Johan Franzen starting to hid stride for Red Wings. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:40 am

Three Stars: April 30

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

San Jose's leading scorer during the conference quarterfinals continued his tear, scoring two goals and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. His third-period power play goal is his third game-winner in four games.

Second Star: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

Boyle registered his third multiple-point game of this postseason with three assists in San Jose's win.

Third Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings

Franzen extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:05 am

Top line reunion sparks Wings

By Erin Brown

Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom is out of coach Mike Babcock 's doghouse and back on the ice.

Babcock shuffled his lines midway through Detroit's 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, reuniting Holmstrom with Pavel Datsyuk and Johan Franzen on the Red Wings' top line.

The change paid immediate dividends for Detroit, which got a go-ahead and insurance goal from the trio in a span of 70 seconds during the third period. It was Holmstrom who gave the Red Wings the lead for good when he struck 11:09 into the third period.

Known for his ability to be a pest in front of the net, Holmstrom was dropped to the team's fourth line after posting a minus-2 rating in Game 3. He saw just eight minutes of ice time in Game 4.

"It's about winning," Babcock told the Detroit News prior to Friday's contest. "It's not about any individual's ice time. It's about winning and getting people that we think are going to help us on the ice."

Friday night, Holmstrom managed to do both.

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