OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Johan Franzen scored a pair of goals in the
third period to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 comeback
victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Valtteri Filppula also tallied and Chris Osgood made 20 saves
for the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, who recorded
their first win of the season.
"Obviously, getting two points on the road against a team like
Ottawa is a good result for us," Detroit coach Mike Babcock
said. "And winning a hockey game in come-from-behind fashion
like that is something we can put in our pocket and take out of
Defenseman Alexandre Picard and Nick Foligno scored for the
Senators, who were playing their first game in North America
after facing the Pittsburgh Penguins twice in Stockholm, Sweden
"We scored on the power play and got some scoring from our
second line," said Ottawa's Dany Heatley, who was serving as
captain in the absence of the injured Daniel Alfredsson. "When
you do those things, you put yourself in position to win hockey
games. Unfortunately, tonight we came up short."
Franzen tied the game at 2-2 with 8:44 remaining in regulation
and notched the game-winner with 77 seconds to play.
Detroit was controlling the play throughout but faced a 2-1
deficit well into the final session until Franzen's heroics.
Nicknamed "The Mule," Franzen carried the puck down the left
wing and fired a shot from the top of the faceoff circle into
the top corner of the net past goaltender Martin Gerber, who
finished with 38 saves.
"Franzen does the little things well and just keeps getting
better year after year," Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.
"He showed what he can do last year in the playoffs, and he's
off to a great start for us this year."
Franzen struck again with a similar play on the opposite side of
the ice. Skating down the right side, Franzen floated a wrist
shot that trickled past Gerber.
"The shot hit their defenseman first, and that might have fooled
(Gerber) a little bit," Franzen said. "In close games like
that, we always talk about taking shots when we have the
opportunity, and that's what I did. When you shoot the puck,
good things can happen."
Despite multiple icings by Detroit, which was looking for an
empty-netter in the final minute, Ottawa failed to create a
serious scoring chance to tie the game.
"It's frustrating," Senators center Jason Spezza said. "That's
a game that we have to win 2-1, but we had a couple of
breakdowns that cost us."
Henrik Zetterberg collected two assists for the Red Wings, who
outshot the Senators by a 41-22 margin.