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2010 NHL playoffs: Franzen's four goal feat

May 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

With Pavel Datsyuk hobbled and Henrik Zetterberg focusing most of his energy on stopping Sidney Crosby, the Detroit Red Wing who struck The Fear of God into me last Stanley Cup Finals was Johan Franzen. Simply put, the man has ridiculous hands and – when he’s on his game – little fear of using them to destroy your team’s hopes and dreams.

That being said, Franzen’s playoffs didn’t jump out to me at first; I had to check his game log to realize that he’s actually had a point in each contest. To be fair, though, only two of those points were goals so last night was still an anomaly for the sniping Swede. He had a natural hat trick in the third period and one more later on, capping a ridiculous four-goal, two-assist performance and maybe forcing some Sharks fans to bite their nails a bit last night.

Did he change the makeup of this series?

  1. PolegoJim - May 7, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    They don’t call him the Mule for nothing. The guy can be a beast with his size, speed, toughness, and finesse. Can’t explain why he’s been ‘asleep’ during the playoffs until last night???

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