Sunday, April 27, 2008

Franzen’s hat trick paces Wings to game two victory

“He’s got a hot stick right now,”—Colorado Avalanche coach Joel Quennville talking about Johan Franzen’s scoring chances and successful attempts

Johan Franzen is quickly becoming a household word in Denver, one most likely preceded or followed by a few choice blue words as well.

For the second game in a row, Franzen took charge of the Red Wing scoring, picking up his first playoff and career hat trick to lead the Wings to a 5-1 victory over an injury riddled Colorado Avalanche roster.

For the second straight game Jose Theodore’s cloak of invincibility failed him, as he gave up four goals on 20 shots before Peter Budaj was once again summoned from the bench for the second game in a row.

The last two games have proven to be a setback for the Avs, who were rising fast based on their handling of Minnesota. But now have seemingly returned to the days of endless losses to the Red Wings, from the six straight experienced from this season and a woeful record of playoff exits from back to 2002.

The Avs have two games at home to try and reverse their fortunes and begin to resemble the team that many saw heading into the playoffs on the highest of notes. One short series down and those highs are quickly forgotten memories in the wake of the thorough handling of games one and two.

A key to success may be to shut down the surprising Franzen, who has done as much damage on his own as have the Red Wings collectively. As goes Franzen, seemingly so go the chances for the Avs to change recent history.

Vancouver Sun-- Franzen a late bloomer
London Free Press-- Wings get a kick from Mule
Rocky Mountain News-- Avs thrashed by Red Wings
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