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Detroit Dominates Ottawa, Wins 6-1

The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their two game road trip with a 6-1 win over Ottawa.

The game was basically over in the first period with the Wings scoring 4 goals.

Franzen looked engaged and had three goals, Datsyuk sat out the 3rd period for precautionary reasons.

Detroit will return home, get some rest before heading to New Jersey to play the Devils on Tuesday.

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YES!

Posted by brians neck on 02/28/14 at 01:26 AM ET

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Oh sure ... everything looks Rosey now .... wait 5 or 6 games when Franzen gets tired and disappears back into the dasher boards like he does every season after he gets hot.

Monster made some big saves in the first and third periods.  Its a good thing he didn’t do much in Sochi.

We need a defenceman that plays physical ... a defenceman that would be willing to beat the snot out of someone like Chris Neil. Trade deadline is right around the corner Mr. Holland ... protect your valuable forwards ... and your goalies from eating so many shots on goal.

It would also be nice to see Weiss come back from surgery and start producing points.  Nyquist can’t do it all himself when Mule decides he’s tired and takes an early vacation.

Someone please find the balls to tell Datsyuk to take a few weeks off and go get his knee scoped so he can skate normally.  Geeeez he looked like crap in the 3rd period ... and not much better in the other 2.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/14 at 06:43 AM ET

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Thought Pav sat in the third?  I fell asleep just before the start of the third

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/28/14 at 07:33 AM ET

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Wings win 6-1 and you still find ways to complain about the whole team. Brilliant!

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 02/28/14 at 08:00 AM ET

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Chris Neil is a jerk. I hope Mule is none the worse fbut or that head smash into the glass. It was great to see the Wings be so dominant.

Posted by griffinsfan on 02/28/14 at 08:21 AM ET

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Franzen’s comment about Neil coming alive when the game is over was pretty spot on. I do hope the league suspends Neil for that cheap shot, but I’m not holding my breath.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/28/14 at 09:12 AM ET

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Oh sure ... everything looks Rosey now .... wait 5 or 6 games when Franzen gets tired and disappears back into the dasher boards like he does every season after he gets hot.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/14 at 05:43 AM ET

I’ll take that over the guys that never get hot or do anything, thanks.

Posted by Primis on 02/28/14 at 10:31 AM ET

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Using Capgeek’s “comparable cap hits tool”, now with updated numbers… Franzén’s the best 30-to-36 forward $4 million can get you.

Unless you have Crosby to pair him with, of course.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/28/14 at 12:37 PM ET

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Remember when Michael Ryder was supposedly equivalent in a bunch of peoples’ eyes?  Yeah, not so much according to this chart.  Because he’s not even on it.  27 pts in 60 games, at $3.5m.

Franzen has 25 pts in only 32.

Now I’m no pharmacist, but….

Posted by Primis on 02/28/14 at 01:03 PM ET

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Because he’s not even on it.

Because capgeek doesn’t consider it a comparable cap hit.

Posted by Garth on 02/28/14 at 01:39 PM ET

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I saw more than 1 Ottawa guy try to hit Datsyuk in the knee.
snake

Posted by w2j2 on 02/28/14 at 01:52 PM ET

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It’d be interesting to see how many of Franzen’s multipoint nights were in runaway games like this. His stat sheet is deceptive. He comes up big in games that are already over. He’s hot when the team is hot. That said, I hope this continues.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/28/14 at 01:53 PM ET

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You two better stop right there.  It’s almost like you’re saying Johan Franzén might not be the worst contract in the history of the Red Wings and you know we don’t stand for that kind of talk ‘round these parts!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/28/14 at 02:06 PM ET

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He didn’t come up big “when it was over”; he scored twice in the first to make it 3-0.  Please tell me you don’t think a 3-0 lead is safe with 47 minutes to go and Kyle Quincey and Brendan Smith on the ice.  I think it’s more accurate to say the game was over after one largely BECAUSE of Johan Franzén.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 02/28/14 at 02:11 PM ET

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Someone please find the balls to tell Datsyuk to take a few weeks off and go get his knee scoped so he can skate normally.  Geeeez he looked like crap in the 3rd period ... and not much better in the other 2.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/14 at 05:43 AM ET

That’s funny, because he didn’t actually play in the 3rd, as a precaution. 

http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20132014/TV020891.HTM

Posted by TreKronor on 02/28/14 at 03:41 PM ET

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That’s funny, because he didn’t actually play in the 3rd, as a precaution. 

http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20132014/TV020891.HTM

Posted by TreKronor on 02/28/14 at 02:41 PM ET

I still can’t tell if Hockeytown Wax’s entire comment was supposed to be sarcasm or sheer stupidity.

Posted by SK77 on 02/28/14 at 03:49 PM ET

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Apparently capgeek takes a while to update their stats, so those are before last night’s game. Franzén now stands at 0.36 GPG and 0.85 PPG.

By the way, Franzén has the 4th lowest cap hit among the 19 forwards posting between 0.8 and 0.9 PPG. The three lowest are a rookie deal (Landeskog), a deal signed as a RFA (Couture) and an old man who needs no money (Jagr).

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/28/14 at 04:24 PM ET

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#1 - tell me where in my comment does it say he played the entire 3rd period ??

#2 - Datsyuk was out for one shift in the 3rd ... he was skating at about half-speed ... and thats when the decision was made to yank him.

#3 - i’m aware he took a number of big hits in the game and it may not be his knee that slowed him down but, i still think its something that should be taken care of now rather than later.

#4 - glad to see everyone is so excited to see Franzen play wel for 2 whole games.  wouldn’t it be nice to see him play like this for an entire season, not just a 7 to 10 game stretch ??  lets just hope he doesn’t shoot his wad in the regular season to get us into the playoffs and then disappear.

In other words ... he’s a streaky player ... this won’t last.

“Wings win 6-1 and you still find ways to complain about the whole team”

Damn right.  Holland hasn’t done squat to address the teams needs and the trade deadline is next friday.  they win 6-1 instead of lose 3-2 in a shootout and all of a sudden the team rocks ??  whatever problerms people were bitching about a month ago are still there plus zetterberg is out for the rest of the season and datsyuk playing on one leg.

2 wins after the olympic break does not paint a pretty picture in my eyes.  i suggest you take off the beer goggles and see the team for who they really are.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 02/28/14 at 04:35 PM ET

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You do realize those are his season numbers, right?

And yes, he’s streaky, that’s why he’s paid like a 2nd liner. The problem with this Red Wings team ins’t Franzén, is that the drop-off from 4th best forward (#93) to 5th is huge. On an ideal team, we’d have an ever better fourth forward and we would KEEP Franzen as a fifth.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 02/28/14 at 05:04 PM ET

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