Playing in his second game after missing 22 of the previous 23
contests before the break, Franzen scored twice in a span of 1:59 as
the Red Wings blitzed the Senators with four goals in the first
period. Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco each recorded a goal and an
assist while Riley Sheahan added an unassisted tally for Detroit,
which evened the season series with the Senators at two games
Defenseman Niklas Kronwall recorded three assists to help provide a
nice cushion for Jonas Gustavsson, who turned aside 37 shots in
securing his first victory since Jan. 24. Bobby Ryan scored the lone
goal and Robin Lehner gave up six tallies on 15 shots before giving
way to Andrew Hammond, who stopped all 11 shots he faced in his NHL
The Red Wings took control with three goals in a span of 2:28,
opening the scoring when Ottawa rookie defenseman Cody Ceci
committed an awful turnover, putting the puck right on the stick of
Sheahan for a blast that beat Lehner. Franzen doubled the lead 29
seconds later before connecting during the power play with a wrist
shot from the right faceoff circle at 13:27 for a 3-0 advantage.
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Jurco capped the early barrage with two minutes left in the opening
period before Franzen completed his first hat trick since November
2011, skating along the end line and going top shelf on Lehner. Ryan
got Ottawa on the board 30 seconds later, but Tatar answered that
goal with one of his own 45 seconds later to make it 6-1.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Wings standout C Pavel Datsyuk, who has been
battling a sore knee, did not play in the third period for
precautionary reasons. ... Ryan notched his fourth goal in four
games against Detroit this season to boost his team-high total to
22. ... Franzen has scored 12 goals with zero assists in nine career
games versus Ottawa.
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