Franzen's Hat Trick Pulls Red Wings Past Avs

Osgood makes 19 saves as Detroit grabs a 2-0 series lead
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2008 6:02 PM CDT
Franzen's Hat Trick Pulls Red Wings Past Avs
Colorado Avalanche winger Tyler Arnason (39) is fouled by Detroit Red Wings center Kris Draper (33) during the third period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal playoff series.    (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings are kicking the Colorado Avalanche when they're down. Franzen scored three times to lift Detroit to a 5-1 victory today over the banged-up Avs, giving them a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal. Franzen redirected a shot early in the game, scored on a wraparound in the second and whacked a rebound out of the air in the third.

He had two goals in Detroit's series-opening win. Colorado's Ian Laperriere scored early in the third period, avoiding a shutout. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Colorado. Chris Osgood made 19 saves for the Red Wings. Colorado's Jose Theodore gave up four goals on 20 shots and was pulled for a second straight game. Peter Budaj stopped all 12 shots in the second period and finished with 19 saves. (More NHL stories.)

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