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Red Wings 5, Avalanche 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Red Wings 5, Avalanche 1
Colorado Avalanche 1, Detroit Red Wings 5

DETROIT (AP) -Johan Franzen scored three times to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory Saturday over the banged-up Colorado Avalanche, giving the NHL's top-seeded team a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Semifinal.

Franzen - a 6-foot-3, 220-pound center known as "Mule" - redirected a shot in front of the net early in the game, scored on a wraparound in the second period and whacked a rebound out of the air in the third for his first career hat trick.

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 he faced in the second period and finished with 19 saves.

The sixth-seeded Avs can only hope two days off and home ice will help them when the series resumes.

They were without center Peter Forsberg (groin), defenseman Scott Hannan (lower-body injury) and winger Wojtek Wolski (upper-body injury) in Game 2.

Forsberg skated before Saturday's game, but was scratched from the lineup. Hannan was out because of a lower-body injury from Thursday night. Wolski is not expected to return in the second-round series because of an upper-body injury that knocked him out of Game 1.

Theodore was back on the ice after being replaced and sent to the hotel during the series opener because he was sick, but he didn't last long in Game 2.

The Red Wings chased him midway in the second period after Franzen scored his first two goals and Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg added goals.

At the other end, Detroit didn't give the Avs much of a chance to have success.

Its swarming defense held Colorado to four shots in the first, six in the second and 10 in the third as it opened up the offense to take more chances trying to come back.

Notes: Budaj stopped all 20 shots he faced in his playoff debut in Game 1. ... Detroit's Darren McCarty and Colorado's Cody McCormick dropped their gloves and sticks for a fight shortly after the Red Wings went ahead 4-0. ... After an octopi was thrown on the ice before the game, Colorado's Cody McLeod picked it up, shook it in the direction of Detroit's Dallas Drake and threw it off the ice toward the Avs' dressing room. The NHL has threatened to fine the Red Wings if Zamboni driver Al Sobotka picks up octopi on the ice and twirls it, following a tradition in Detroit. ... Red Wings D Brad Stuart played after missing a game to be with his wife for the birth of their son.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Johan Franzen (5) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (3), Niklas Kronwall (7)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
PPG - Johan Franzen (6) ASST: Jiri Hudler (5), Niklas Kronwall (8)
2 - 0 DET
Valtteri Filppula (2) ASST: Dallas Drake (2), Nicklas Lidstrom (2)
3 - 0 DET
Henrik Zetterberg (4) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (4), Tomas Holmstrom (3)
4 - 0 DET
3rd Period
Ian Laperriere (1) ASST: Cody McCormick (1)
4 - 1 DET
SHG - Johan Franzen (7) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (3)
5 - 1 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Jiri Hudler
Henrik Zetterberg  Roughing against  Paul Stastny
2nd Period
Ben Guite  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Darren McCarty  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Darren McCarty
Cody McLeod  Hi-sticking against  Brett Lebda
Cody McLeod  Interference against  Nicklas Lidstrom
Ruslan Salei  Slashing against  Henrik Zetterberg
Ben Guite  Roughing against  Niklas Kronwall
Jeff Finger  Cross checking against  Pavel Datsyuk
3rd Period
Tomas Holmstrom  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
Niklas Kronwall  Slashing against  Milan Hejduk
Brett Lebda  Interference against  David Jones
Kris Draper  Holding against  Tyler Arnason
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 20TOI: 29:48
Saves: 19EV: 4 - 4
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 12
SV%: .950SH: 3 - 4
José Théodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 20TOI: 30:11
Saves: 16EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 20TOI: 59:54
Saves: 19EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .950SH: 1 - 1
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