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Franzen's revenge; Wings get 2OT win

Sunday, 04.22.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Franzen\'s revenge; Wings get 2OT win
By The Canadian Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- Johan Franzen scored in double overtime as the Red Wings beat Calgary, 2-1, on Sunday and finished off Flames four games to two in their first-round playoff series.

Franzen took a cross-ice pass off the boards from Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom, cruised into the high slot and wired a shot by Miikka Kiprusoff at 4:23 of the second extra period.

Detroit, the top-seeded team in the Western Conference, will meet either the sixth-seeded Dallas Stars, who face the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 on Monday, or No. 5 San Jose in the second round. It was the Wings' first victory at the Pengrowth Saddledome since April 3, 2006.

The Flames' loss capped a difficult day for the team as the organization was fined $100,000 and head coach Jim Playfair an additional $25,000 for their players' actions in a penalty-filled finish to Saturday's game in Detroit.

Robert Lang scored Detroit's first goal and captain Jarome Iginla had Calgary's lone goal.

Detroit outshot Calgary, 55-21, and dominated the faceoff circle Sunday.

Kiprusoff was outstanding in the series facing 255 shots, but he could not carry the Flames on his back to the second round of the post-season.

Lang was dinged for hooking at 11:43 of the extra period. Flames forward David Moss had a chance to end it on the ensuing power play, but his shot deflected high off the helmet of a sprawling Hasek.

Calgary forward Craig Conroy took a double-minor for high-sticking Tomas Holmstrom at 6:44 of the extra period, but Kiprusoff was outstanding as Detroit's shots on goal crept over 50. Fox Sports Net Detroit reported that Holmstrom, who was cut in the face, was taken to an area hospital.

Kiprusoff shut down Henrik Zetterberg on two excellent chances and held the Flames in it even though they were outshot 17-5 in the period.

Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi hauled down Stephane Yelle for a holding penalty 32 seconds into overtime, but the Wings limited the Flames to two shots during the power play.

Detroit winger Dan Cleary hit the post to Kiprusoff's left with 1:17 left in regulation.

Iginla scored his second of the series to give the Flames a 1-0 lead at 3:09 of the second period, but Lang evened up with his first of the post-season at 16:54.

Lang caught the Flames flat-footed on their own blue-line and fired the puck between the pads of Kiprusoff to tie the game.

After losing every draw at each end of the ice in the first period, the Flames finally won an offensive draw early in the second and it led to Iginla's goal.

Daymond Langkow fed Iginla in the high slot from behind the net and Iginla fired the puck past Hasek's outstretched pad.

GAME NOTES Detroit was scoreless on five power-play chances while Calgary went 0-for-4 . . . Flames defenseman Mark Giordano caught a puck in the face off a Mathieu Schneider shot in the first period, but returned to the game . . . Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr (knee) skated Sunday morning, but was a scratch for the fourth straight game . . . Defenseman Brent Lebda was not in Detroit's lineup. His leg twisted awkwardly into the boards while checking Daymond Langkow on Saturday. Kyle Quincey was Lebda's replacement . . . After losing two games at the Saddledome last week, the Wings switched up their stall assignments in the visitors' dressing room Sunday.

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