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Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:14 am
Edited on: May 9, 2011 4:52 pm
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Pavel Datsyuk’s sore wrist prevented him from taking faceoffs in Game 5, but the Red Wings center still had the passing touch. 

Datsyuk had three assist as the Red Wings extended the second-round series again, this time with a 4-3 comeback victory over San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. 

His final assist came after he swiped the puck from Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, danced around the ice for a bit then hit an open Nicklas Lidstrom, whose blast was deflected in by Tomas Holmstrom for the game-winner. 

“Pav was really good,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said after the game. “I don’t think he was great early, but he was outstanding in the third period. He really dug in and competed.


"It’s interesting. As you watch the playoffs, there are lots of nice players in the regular season and they have good skill level and all that. But if you don’t have a drive train and if you don’t compete at the highest level, you aren’t going to compete this time of year.”

One of the Babcock’s usual playoff stalwarts, Johan Franzen, wasn’t able to grind it out the entire game. 

An ankle injury suffered in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes again made Franzen, known as  “the Mule,” all but immobile on the ice, although he did move pretty quickly when he thought Sharks captain Joe Thornton targeted his injury in the first period. Franzen got two minutes for slashing, while Thornton went off for unsportsmanlike conduct after he embellished the swipe. 

Here's a look at the incident:



And here's a more humorous look at Thornton's dive you "Star Wars" fans will appreciate. 

“It’s been hard for the Mule,” Babcock said. “The Mule is a star at playoff time. Playing on one leg has been hard for him. “

Franzen’s last shift came midway through the second period and Babcock was forced to shuffle his lines even more. He had already scratched Jiri Hudler in favor of the quicker Drew Miller before the game. 

Babcock said it’s up to Franzen whether he'll play in Tuesday’s Game 6.

“I don’t know what will happen there,” Babcock said. “He’ll just tell me if he’s going or not. If he can go, we’re going with him.”

If he can’t, we might see veteran Mike Modano. Modano has played in only one game in these playoffs, Game 4 in the first round, and missed half of the regular season after wrist surgery. 

-- A.J. Perez

Photo: US PRESSWIRE


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

..oh, and Thorton is the best most horrible player I've ever seen.  This guy will never win, but he's a damn good player.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

If you think San Jose isn't shaken by this series going back to Detroit, lol @ you.  This series will go seven games.  If a game six loss is as deflating to the Sharks as game five, the Wings win.  If not, it's anyones series.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

I'm thinking Datsyuks's wrist is more than just "sore." He's not taking faceoffs, shooting, he usually has a stick of lead when someone's trying to take him off the puck. There has to be a sprain or fracture. This season has shown, even with the talent that Detroit has on the roster, how important his presence is. He's one of the rare game changers, that makes everyone around him better in all aspects of the game.



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:19 am
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

And we all know that game sevens are a toss up

 They are when they get that far, this one however............................

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:10 am
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

Gutless Joe Thornton targets franzen's ankle and then he takes a dive. Kronwall needs to flatten this goon in game six.

I don't believe Thornton targeted Franzen's ankle .....  but would I love to see Kronwall flatten him with a legal check? Absolutely....  that would truly be playoff hockey at its best.  But there's one problem though... Thornton is 6'4 and 230 pounds... tough to flatten that. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:10 am
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

Gutless Joe Thornton targets franzen's ankle and then he takes a dive. Kronwall needs to flatten this goon in game six.

I don't believe Thornton targeted Franzen's ankle .....  but would I love to see Kronwall flatten him with a legal check? Absolutely....  that would truly be playoff hockey at its best.  But there's one problem though... Thornton is 6'4 and 230 pounds... tough to flatten that. 



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:53 am
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

Gutless Joe Thornton targets franzen's ankle and then he takes a dive. Kronwall needs to flatten this goon in game six. Get ready foe the bee swarm in game six San Jose because Detroit is coming out fired up and so will the fans. And we all know that game sevens are a toss up. Like the Versus comercial says. History will be made.




Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:38 am
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

First off, Joe Thornton is nothing short of a coward. I`ve never someone embellish a one-handed slash to the shin pads more than what I saw from Thornton last night. He went after Franzen and then dove like he was trying to win an Oscar. Good for the refs for calling him for it because there is no place for this BS in hockey and especially in the playoffs.

Pavel Datsyuk is showing why he should be considered among the elite handful of players in the NHL. That last goal just shows how hard he works and how talented he is. How many other guys could strip the puck from the opposing player and then shake off a check immediately after and then have the presence of mind to get it to Lidstrom so he could get a shot on net. Unbelievable all around effort from Datsyuk.

Look for this to get to a game 7 as the Wings should win at the Joe in game 6.




Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: May 9, 2011 9:13 am
 

Ailing Datsyuk leads Wings; Franzen forced out

Dear CBS sports.  A blog post is not a column.  There was no opinion expressed and/or indepth anaylsis to complement the facts expressed in the main story.  Nothing against the writer, but the topics covered in this blog could have been tacked on as notes.  Exceedingly forgettable.  


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