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Red Wings 8, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Red Wings 8, Avalanche 2
Detroit Red Wings 8, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Johan Franzen's second hat trick in three games fueled the Detroit Red Wings' 8-2 rout Thursday night that completed a sweep of the injury-riddled Avalanche.

Franzen's nine goals in the series matched Colorado's total, and his three goals in Game 4 made him the first player with two hat tricks in one series since Jari Kurri did it for Edmonton in 1985.

In his first taste of the bitter rivalry, Franzen was simply too dominant to experience the bad blood that usually boils this time of year between the teams.

The "Mule" scored on a breakaway in the first period and added a short-handed backhander and a redirection into the net in the second, when the Red Wings scored four times to take a 7-1 lead.

The Red Wings advance to the Western Conference Finals against the winner of the Dallas-San Jose series which the Stars lead 3-1.

Franzen needed just 10 playoff games to score 11 goals and break the Red Wings' record for most goals in one postseason, which was held by three players, including Brett Hull, who needed 23 games to do it in 2002.

The 28-year-old Swede, who scored 27 goals during the season, had a hat trick in Game 2. He is the second Red Wing to post two hat tricks in one playoff series, joining Norm Ullman, who did it against Chicago in 1964.

Thanks to Franzen, this series never was very close or contentious, unlike the other five times the teams met in the postseason, after which the winner went on to win the Stanley Cup three times.

None of those series was this one-sided, on the ice or in the trainer's room.

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was a scratch Thursday because of a lower body injury, but it hardly mattered against a depleted Colorado team that was missing four key players: center Peter Forsberg (groin), leading scorer Paul Stastny (knee) and forwards Ryan Smyth (foot) and Wojtek Wolski (torso).

Colorado coach Joel Quenneville resorted to playing seven defensemen and 11 forwards instead of the usual 6-12 setup. With so many of his stars turned spectators, it looked more like he had a lineup of the Lake Erie Monsters, the Avalanche's top minor league team.

Franzen and Tomas Holmstrom scored on 2-on-1 breaks in the final 86 seconds of the first period to send the Red Wings into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead and prompted Quenneville to replace goaltender Jose Theodore, who allowed three goals on 15 shots, with Peter Budaj.

Budaj stopped 39 of 40 shots in the first two games in Detroit when Theodore, stricken with the flu, allowed eight goals in less than four periods. Theodore, whose stellar play was the primary reason the Avalanche upset the Minnesota Wild in the first round, ended up allowing 15 goals on 86 shots in this series.

Budaj wasn't the stopper he was in Detroit, allowing five goals on 25 shots, including Henrik Zetterberg's two scores, first on the power play 2:15 into the second period and again 3 1/2 minutes later.

Franzen then added a short-handed goal and his redirection of Lidstrom's shot made it 7-1.

After Mikael Samuelsson's first of two goals gave Detroit a 1-0 lead, the Avs tied it on their very first shot when Joe Sakic flipped to Andrew Brunette behind the net and Brunette fed Tyler Arnason, who sent the puck over Chris Osgood's right shoulder.

Osgood stopped the next 22 shots he faced before John-Michael Liles put one past him during a 5-on-3 advantage.

Sakic, who missed 38 games at age 38 with a hernia this season, has said he'll wait until the summer to decide if he'll return for a 20th NHL season.

Notes: The Red Wings also swept the season series from Colorado and finished 8-0 vs. the Avalanche. ... Sakic's two assists gave him 188 career postseason points, tying Doug Gilmour for seventh place all-time.

scoring summary
1st Period
Mikael Samuelsson (1) ASST: Andreas Lilja (1)
1 - 0 DET
PPG - Tyler Arnason (2) ASST: Andrew Brunette (3), Joe Sakic (7)
1 - 1 Tie
Tomas Holmstrom (2) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (5), Pavel Datsyuk (6)
2 - 1 DET
Johan Franzen (9) ASST: Valtteri Filppula (2), Brad Stuart (1)
3 - 1 DET
2nd Period
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (6) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Pavel Datsyuk (7)
4 - 1 DET
Henrik Zetterberg (7) ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (8)
5 - 1 DET
SHG - Johan Franzen (10) ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (6)
6 - 1 DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (11) ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (5), Jiri Hudler (6)
7 - 1 DET
3rd Period
Mikael Samuelsson (2) ASST: Jiri Hudler (7), Valtteri Filppula (3)
8 - 1 DET
PPG - John-Michael Liles (2) ASST: Ruslan Salei (4), Joe Sakic (8)
8 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
Tomas Holmstrom  Tripping against  Kurt Sauer
Kurt Sauer  Slashing against  Pavel Datsyuk
2nd Period
Ben Guite  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Andrew Brunette
Tomas Holmstrom  Slashing against  Cody McCormick
Cody McCormick  Roughing against  Tomas Holmstrom
Ben Guite  Slashing against  Tomas Holmstrom
Nicklas Lidstrom  Hooking against  Joe Sakic
3rd Period
John-Michael Liles  Holding the stick against  Johan Franzen
Andreas Lilja  Hi-sticking against  Ian Laperriere
Dallas Drake  Delay of game
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 31TOI: 59:35
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 25TOI: 40:00
Saves: 20EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .800SH: 0 - 1
José Théodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 15TOI: 19:58
Saves: 12EV: 12 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
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