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DETROIT (AP) -Johan Franzen scored two goals and had an assist to help Detroit build a three-goal cushion, and the Red Wings held on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Thursday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.
Franzen's second goal early in the second period put Detroit ahead 4-1, but Colorado pulled within a goal by the end of the period.
Detroit's Chris Osgood made 18 saves.
The Avs pulled Jose Theodore after he gave up four goals on 16 shots, then said they sent him to the team hotel because he was sick. Peter Budaj gave the Avs a chance to come back by stopping all 20 shots he faced.
Game 2 is Saturday afternoon in Detroit.
Joe Louis Arena was buzzing when the puck dropped and a rivalry was renewed, then the Avs quieted the storied arena with the game's first goal.
Paul Stastny scored midway through the first period.
The lead didn't last long.
Henrik Zetterberg lit the lamp less than a minute later, then Franzen factored in the next three goals by assisting on Dan Cleary's goal and scoring twice for the first time in a playoff game.
The sixth-seeded Avs gave the NHL's top-seeded team all it could handle despite an unexpected scratch, getting a player injured during the game and pulling their ill goalie.
Star center Peter Forsberg was out of the lineup because of a groin injury after he had five points against Minnesota in the first round. Forward Wojtek Wolski was sidelined with an upper body injury.
Much was made about the bad blood between the two teams after they matched up five times between 1996-2002 - combining to win five Stanley Cups in the seven-year span - but the game had only the usual hits and scrums seen in NHL playoff games.
Notes: Franzen scored twice in three regular-season games, all of which were in a 20-day span last month. ... Lions C Dominic Raiola was at the game and was booed when he was shown on the videoboards. ... Zamboni driver Al Sobotka avoided an NHL fine by taking his octopus-twirling routine off the ice, following a league mandate. ... Colorado F Ryan Smyth had two assists.
|Paul Stastny Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth , Milan Hejduk|
1 - 0 COL
|Henrik Zetterberg Backhand shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk , Brian Rafalski|
1 - 1 Tie
|Danny Cleary Tip-in - ASST: Johan Franzen , Brian Rafalski|
2 - 1 DET
|PPG - Johan Franzen Tip-in - ASST: Niklas Kronwall , Jiri Hudler|
3 - 1 DET
|Johan Franzen Slapshot - ASST: Valtteri Filppula , Mikael Samuelsson|
4 - 1 DET
|John-Michael Liles Slapshot - ASST: Cody McLeod , Scott Hannan|
4 - 2 DET
|Milan Hejduk Snap shot - ASST: Paul Stastny , Ryan Smyth|
4 - 3 DET
|Andreas Lilja Roughing against Cody McCormick|
|Ben Guite Holding against Jiri Hudler|
|Cody McLeod Hooking against Henrik Zetterberg|
|Ruslan Salei Cross checking against Henrik Zetterberg|
|Milan Hejduk Hi-sticking against Henrik Zetterberg|
|Andreas Lilja Holding against David Jones|
|Kurt Sauer Interference against Tomas Holmstrom|
|Henrik Zetterberg Interference against Paul Stastny|