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MULE EVENS SERIES.....RED WINGS 6, Anaheim 3, Th 5/7/09
Posted on: 05-07-2009

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>>caption:  FRANZEN (M) HOISTS


    Trailing 1-0 eight minutes into
the hockey game, Red Wings coach
Mike Babcock juggled lines, including
moving winger Johan Franzen to
center between Valtteri Filppula and
Marian Hossa.
    Franzen and Hossa both scored a pair of goals, Franzen added an assist and
Detroit went to to defeat the Ducks 6-3 late Thursday night/early Friday
    Instead of an Anaheim 3-1 stranglehold on the second round playoff series,
the Wings return home for game five at The Joe on Sunday in a 2-all deadlock.    
    Detroit had hoped to counter slow starts in each of the last two games,
both defeats, with a fast start in game four. Instead it was Anaheim which
jumped to a quick lead. Just 42-sec into the contest Corey Perry (#5) raced
up right wing when the Wings were caught in a line change. Perry then cut
left and wristered from just inside the right faceoff dot to beat Detroit goalie
Chris Osgood on the far side.
    A pair of Ducks turnovers then gave The Mule two Detroit tallies.  A neutral
zone cough-up put the Wings on a rush, Filppula drew two defenders to him and
left a drop pass to Franzen (#5) in the slot for a 5-hole blast past Anaheim netminder
Jonas Hiller at 11:49/1. Then, with only 35.4-sec left in the 1st-Per, Franzen scored
(#6) again on a deflection of a Niklas Kronwall right point shot after the Ducks gave
up the puck in their own end.  
    The Ducks evened the game 2-2 at 11:03/2. A point shot by Detroit's Nicklas
Lidstrom was blocked to start Anaheim up ice. As Ryan Getzlaf momentarily lost
his balance, he scooped a pass to Perry (#6) who fired up an open slot.    
    Hossa restored Detroit's lead when he made it 3-2 on a feed from Franzen.
Hossa survived a check into the boards and Franzen worked the puck out of the
end zone to Hossa in the right circle. Hossa (#3) fired the puck past Anaheim bully
Chris Pronger and through the again open Hiller 5-hole at 16:02/2. Hossa then
gave Detroit a 2-goal bulge on a power play goal with only 55.6-sec to play in the
middle period. Using Franzen as a screen, Hossa (#4) took a point pass from
Lidstrom to whip a wrister through traffic from atop the right circle to give Detroit
a 4-2 edge at second intermission.
    Mikael Samuelsson (#2) gave Detroit a 3-goal margin at 2:46/3, the biggest bulge
either team had enjoyed at any time in the series. Kirk Maltby chipped a pass out
of his own zone to a streaking Samuelsson, who fired a left wing wrister that clanged
off the far side post. This goal sent Hiller to the bench and brought in former Anaheim
starting goaler J.S. Giguere for his first game action since March 27th.  
    Anaheim got that goal back to get within 5-3 when it took them only 12-sec into
a power play to convert. After winning the offensive zone faceoff, the Ducks executed
a tic-tac-toe passing play with precision, going high-low-wide to give Scott Niedermayer
(#3) an open right side to shoot to at 10:03/3.
    Ducks boss Randy Carlyle gambled perhaps too soon and Henrik Zetterberg (#5)
scored an empty net clincher with 2:33 still on the clock for the 6-3 final.
    Detroit out-shot Anaheim 40-28 with Hiller yielding 5-GA on 33-SOG and Giguere a
perfect 6-for-6 on saves.   
    The Wings were 1-for-5 and the Ducks 1-for-3 on the power play.
    Detroit out-scored Anaheim 2-1 in each of the three periods.


R-WINGS H-COACH MIKE BABCOCK:   "I thought our team was playing fine in this series...
but the puck wasn’t going in. And then the way we started tonight, I had to do something.
I had to change something up. For whatever reason, we seemed to get a spark with the
Filppula line. Hoss probably feels like the weight of the world is off his back, which is great
for him.”

R-WINGS FWD JOHAN FRANZEN:   "We got our goals a little bit easier. We had a high
tempo and had guys in front. I had a lucky tip. We need stuff like that to break down
that goalie. We did a great job with that tonight."

RED WINGS Rt-WING MARIAN HOSSA:   "Sometimes when things don’t go our way, a little
shakeup doesn’t hurt. We found a way to score goals and create momentum. Johan Franzen
was the key to this game, I believe, because he scored two quick ones and got our team
going. That was huge...Finally, hard work paid off...Tonight, two went in for me. That
sometimes happens...Good things happen."

R-WINGS DEF/CAPT NICKLAS LIDSTROM:   "(Franzen) knows how to use size to his
advantage. He’s a strong player. Strong in taking the puck to the net. Strong in the
offensive zone. He’s tough to move. And he’s a gifted goal scorer. He’s got a knack for
finding the back of the net."

DUCKS CEN TODD MARCHANT:   "They’ve got a good hockey club. That being said, we
weren’t nearly good enough tonight and nowhere near the way we can play. And they
capitalized. We made mistakes and they took advantage of it.”


    Hossa's goals were his first goals and points of the series.
    Perry has points in six of his last seven playoff games.
    Getzlaf has assisted on five of Perry's six playoff goals, all but the first one
Thursday night. Getzlaf had 2-A Thursday giving him at least one helper in each
of his last eight games. Still, Getzlaf was benched in the 3rd-Per.
    Detroit's Tomas Kopecky was willing but outclassed in a fight with Anaheim's
Francois Beauchemin at 11:09/3. Beauchemin jackhammered Kopecky repeatedly
with his right fist. Beauchemin went to the penalty box for the third time in the
game (two earlier minors) and Kopecky only briefly sat in the sin bin before going
to the locker room for repairs.  


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