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Franzen, Red Wings extend winning streak to nine

Nov 15, 2006 - 6:01 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Johan Franzen and his Detroit Red Wings teammates' finally got scored on, but it did not matter.

Franzen scored the game-winning goal early in the third period to help propel the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg also scored for the Red Wings, who won their ninth straight game. Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek played well, although he allowed his first goal in three games.

"We played alright tonight," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "I don't think we had great jump early, but I thought our guys were really intelligent how they played. ... We found a way to win and hung on."

Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa scored for Vancouver, which has lost six of its last seven games.

Franzen's goal came with Detroit shorthanded. He picked up a loose puck at center ice, and using Vancouver defenseman Patrick Coulombe as a screen, unleashed a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle. The shot beat Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo between the legs at 6:18 of the third period.

"He (Franzen) used the defenseman as a screen," Luongo said. "I was out, I was set and it just went through me. I don't know, I don't think I could have played the shot differently, but unfortunately it found the hole and went in. So, it was disappointing but what are you gonna do. I felt great tonight, but obviously it's disappointing letting in that third goal."

"In this league, that's how you become successful: not relying on one line or one area of the game," Detroit center Kris Draper said. "Tonight, we got the lead and they came back right at it, and it was great to see Franzen's wrist shot go in shorthanded, and we were able to hold on for the lead."

After Filppula gave Detroit a 1-0 lead, the Canucks tied the game, 1-1, at 7:49 of the second on the power play. Markus Naslund's shot was stopped by Hasek, but the rebound squirted to Sedin, who jammed the puck past Hasek.

Sedin's goal, his third of the season, ended Hasek's scoreless streak at 181 minutes, 17 seconds. Hasek entered the game with consecutive 3-0 shutouts over the Edmonton Oilers last Wednesday and the Nashville Predators on Friday.

"In the middle of the second period I was thinking it's been a long time since I never gave up a goal, and all of a sudden they score, and it was a little bit of a disappointing goal," Hasek said. "It was between my head and between my pad. I knew I could make the save so it disappoints me even more. But it's not about shutouts, its about wins, and that's what I most enjoy."

Detroit has only surrendered 57 shots in its last three games.

"We play very, very well defensively," Hasek said. "We keep teams under 20 shots most of the time. It makes my job easier, and that's why we are winning."

Detroit took a 2-1 lead just 1:28 into the third period when Zetterberg beat Luongo, but Vancouver tied it just 30 seconds later when Bieksa's goal knotted the game at 2-2.

Hasek finished with 18 saves while Luongo recorded 30 stops.

The Canucks try to get out of their slide when they host the St. Louis Blues in the fifth game of their six-game homestand on Friday.

"We have to play better to get out of this, and we have to do it soon," Naslund said.






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