Friday, May 8, 2009

Last Night Best Player - Johan Franzen

"We found a way to score goals and create momentum,” Hossa said. “Johan Franzen was the key to this game, I believe, because he scored two quick ones and got our team going. That was huge."
"We got our goals a little bit easier," Franzen said. "We had a high tempo and had guys in front. I had a lucky tip. We need stuff like that to break down that goalie. We did a great job with that tonight."
Big postseason goals are nothing new for Franzen, who first burst onto the scene during the 2008 playoffs when he followed a 27-goal regular season with 13 goals in 16 postseason games -- a franchise mark he shares with teammate Henrik Zetterberg -- despite missing six games with concussion-like symptoms.
"The Mule" has been a featured performer ever since. In his fourth NHL season, Franzen had a career-high 34 goals and 59 points. Now the 6-foot-3, 218-pound left wing is starring once again the playoff spotlight.
"I think he's figured out how to play in this League, and he knows how to use size to his advantage," Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "He’s a strong player. Strong in taking the puck to the net. Strong in the offensive zone. He’s tough to move.
"And he’s a gifted goal scorer. He’s got a knack for finding the back of the net."


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