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Instead of ‘Alfredsson fireworks,’ prepare for ‘Franzen fireworks’ in Ottawa; Neuvirth on no-goal

I'm dealing with a massive anxiety attack presently, so you're likely to get a full recap of Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres on Monday (I apologize, but shit happens, and it sounds like the ref was going to call off whatever goal involved Franzen near the crease anyway, so the Wings were going to get hosed even if he wasn't in the crease). The Wings flew on to Ottawa after the game, and I had wondered how the Ottawa media was going to hype up Tuesday's tilt minus Daniel Alfredsson.

Wonder no longer, via the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan:

Franzen, who returned to the Wings Sunday after missing six games with a groin injury, has 11 goals in his last four trips to Ottawa. Three of them came in Detroit's last visit -- a 6-1 victory in February that severely damaged the Senators playoff hopes. That night, the veteran winger also had a third period tussle with Chris Neil, and the two exchanged some harsh words after the game.

"He tried to hit me and he couldn't move me, so I think he got a little upset, I don't know," said Franzen, a 6-foot-4, 232-pounder. "He usually shows up when the game is over and tries to be the hero. You know, puts his cape on and flies out there. He doesn't like to take heat from fans and coaches. He usually steps up when the game is over and shows everyone that he really fights hard."

The next day, Neil responded.

"I'm there first shift and any shift he wants," he said. "He wants to drop his purse, take the lipstick out, put it on his lips and go -- anytime, any day, anywhere. I'm giving up height, I'm giving up weight, I'm not scared of him.

"I'd take my cape off if he took the yellow streak off down the middle of his back," added Neil. "When a guy comes across the blue line and pokes you in the groin with his stick in a 6-1 game and chops guys, that's a no brainer, he's going to get it. He doesn't even try to defend himself. That's the worst part. He's saying, 'hit me, hit me'. Yeah, I will hit you. A good player like that and he can't stick up for himself? It's a joke."

[edit/update: Oh, and the "Neuvirth quote?" From the AP's recap:

The Red Wings appeared to net the winning goal at 2:28 of overtime on Zetterberg's slap shot but the goal was disallowed when officials ruled Johan Franzen had established position in the crease.

"I was talking to the ref a couple times during the game," Neuvirth said. "He told me, 'I know he's standing in the crease, so whenever they're going to score a goal, I'm going to disallow it.' I was glad he actually did it."

Babcock didn't dispute the call.

"We were in the crease," he said.

It sounds like the Wings were far more upset about falling into a trap game than anything else:

"When a team plays the night before, you should jump all over them from start to finish," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We had the puck all night. We had lots of opportunities, just didn't finish."

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist, Tomas Tatar also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for Detroit (6-3-2), which had won two in a row before starting a stretch of three games in four nights in four cities.

The Red Wings outshot the Sabres 17-8 in the third period and 4-0 in overtime. Detroit went 0-for-4 on the power play, including one in overtime.

"It was a sloppy game," Tatar said. "But we have to find our way to win these kinds of games. We had a power play in overtime. We have to score one of those."

At least they got a point out of it.

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I've taken my extra discretionary medications, taken out the trash, ate dinner, done all the adult stuff I can do, and now I need to let the anxiety subside (the heartbeat and blood pressure are still elevated; its probably due to new medication and still dealing with that fun suicide stuff) and watch what will certainly be a frustrating game when I'm able.

Thanks to Paul for keeping 'er going here at TMR; I didn't anticipate having such a difficult late October and early November, but I'm doing the best I can to deliver content when I'm able, and when I'm not, all I can do is tell you the truth about how I'm doing.

I'm not asking you to feel sorry for me or fight an illness that is only mine to battle, nor your sympathy, frankly; I'm just keeping the door open as to the reasons I'm not around when I'm "too banged-up" to play, and I'm taking care of them medically, professionally and personally so that this shit gets less regular as the season progresses.

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Just re-posting where it’s more relevant:

I posted the following in response to that Ottawa Sun piece hyping Neil and Franzen. There was no point in Franzen saying so much, given that Ottawa is already easily one of the dirtiest teams in the league. But the NHL needs to keep a close watch on this game or a players as undisciplined and hotheaded as Neil could easily end Franzen’s career:

It’s ridiculous (and rather cynical—page views) to hype this as if it’s pay per view boxing in Vegas. Franzen is not, was never, and has never claimed to be a tough guy. He’s a scoring line forward from a country where virtually no hockey players fight. He has absolutely no history or background at doing it. Even more important, he has had major concussion issues. So, yeah, if Chris Neil wants to ambush Franzen, end his career and cause him a life-long serious brain injury, in order to prove how tough he is against complete non-fighters, this would be a great “matchup”. Keep in mind Franzen only opened his mouth after Neil targeted him, took a swing at him and tried to force him into a fight. The league is full of bigger-than-average players who have never fought. As long as they don’t take somebody’s head off, they shouldn’t have to. Let alone against a legit enforcer like Neil. You’ve got to be kidding me.

Posted by Lefty30 on 11/03/14 at 01:50 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s Don Brennan. He does indeed say this kind of stuff to make waves and generate hype.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/03/14 at 04:20 AM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Isn’t Don Brennan the same guy that wrote an entire article about some hockey player’s penis?

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 11/03/14 at 06:01 AM ET

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