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Franzen nets two as Red Wings edge Senators

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Johan Franzen scored a pair of goals in the

third period to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 comeback

victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Valtteri Filppula also tallied and Chris Osgood made 20 saves

for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, who recorded

their first win of the season.

"Obviously, getting two points on the road against a team like

Ottawa is a good result for us," Detroit coach Mike Babcock

said. "And winning a hockey game in come-from-behind fashion

like that is something we can put in our pocket and take out of


Defenseman Alexandre Picard and Nick Foligno scored for the

Senators, who were playing their first game in North America

after facing the Pittsburgh Penguins twice in Stockholm, Sweden

last weekend.

"We scored on the power play and got some scoring from our

second line," said Ottawa's Dany Heatley, who was serving as

captain in the absence of the injured Daniel Alfredsson. "When

you do those things, you put yourself in position to win hockey

games. Unfortunately, tonight we came up short."

Franzen tied the game at 2-2 with 8:44 remaining in regulation

and notched the game-winner with 77 seconds to play.

Detroit was controlling the play throughout but faced a 2-1

deficit well into the final session until Franzen's heroics.

Nicknamed "The Mule," Franzen carried the puck down the left

wing and fired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle into

the top corner of the net past goaltender Martin Gerber, who

finished with 38 saves.

"Franzen does the little things well and just keeps getting

better year after year," Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.

"He showed what he can do last year in the playoffs, and he's

off to a great start for us this year."

Franzen struck again with a similar play on the opposite side of

the ice. Skating down the right side, Franzen floated a wrist

shot that trickled past Gerber.

"The shot hit their defenseman first, and that might have fooled

(Gerber) a little bit," Franzen said. "In close games like

that, we always talk about taking shots when we have the

opportunity, and that's what I did. When you shoot the puck,

good things can happen."

Despite multiple icings by Detroit, which was looking for an

empty-netter in the final minute, Ottawa failed to create a

serious scoring chance to tie the game.

"It's frustrating," Senators center Jason Spezza said. "That's

a game that we have to win 2-1, but we had a couple of

breakdowns that cost us."

Henrik Zetterberg collected two assists for the Red Wings, who

outshot the Senators by a 41-22 margin.



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