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Red Wings 4, Avalanche 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Red Wings 4, Avalanche 3
Colorado Avalanche 3, Detroit Red Wings 4

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.

John-Michael Liles scored at 5:17 of the second for Colorado, and Milan Hejduk scored late in the period to make it 4-3.

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.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:53
COL
Paul Stastny (2) ASST: Ryan Smyth (2), Milan Hejduk (3)
1 - 0 COL
09:46
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (3) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (3), Brian Rafalski (4)
1 - 1 Tie
13:48
DET
Daniel Cleary (1) ASST: Johan Franzen (3), Brian Rafalski (5)
2 - 1 DET
17:23
DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (3) ASST: Niklas Kronwall (6), Jiri Hudler (4)
3 - 1 DET
2nd Period
01:13
DET
Johan Franzen (4) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (1), Mikael Samuelsson (2)
4 - 1 DET
05:17
COL
John-Michael Liles (1) ASST: Cody McLeod (1), Scott Hannan (1)
4 - 2 DET
16:29
COL
Milan Hejduk (3) ASST: Paul Stastny (1), Ryan Smyth (3)
4 - 3 DET
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
05:26
DET
Andreas Lilja  Roughing against  Cody McCormick
11:04
COL
Ben Guite  Holding against  Jiri Hudler
17:08
COL
Cody McLeod  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
18:48
COL
Ruslan Salei  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
2nd Period
06:15
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hi-sticking against  Henrik Zetterberg
17:50
DET
Andreas Lilja  Holding against  David Jones
3rd Period
05:40
COL
Kurt Sauer  Interference against  Tomas Holmstrom
06:37
DET
Henrik Zetterberg  Interference against  Paul Stastny
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 20TOI: 37:42
Saves: 20EV: 18 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
José Théodore
SA: 16TOI: 21:13
Saves: 12EV: 8 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 21TOI: 59:43
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
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