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Franzen earns Third Star for March

NHL recognizes Mule's month-long performance, six game-winners

Tuesday, 04.1.2008 / 3:56 PM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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The Red Wings help Johan Franzen celebrate his OT game-winner against Nashville on March 30
DETROIT -- March was a very good month for Red Wings center Johan Franzen.

And on Tuesday, the NHL recognized the Red Wings' Swede for his accomplishments, naming him the Third Star for the month.

Franzen is the third Red Wings' player so honored this season with the league's monthly recognition, joining Henrik Zetterberg, October's  First Star, and Pavel Datsyuk, who was named the Second Star for January.

Franzen tied for eighth among NHL scorers for the month with 18 points and registered a franchise record six game-winning goals in 13 games. He recorded goals in 11 of 13 games and points in 12 of 13 games. He recorded the game-winning goals against Buffalo (March 2), St. Louis (March 5 and 25) and Nashville (March 9, 20 and 30)

Franzen’s record setting game-winning goal came on the last day of the month when the team honored Wings' legend Gordie Howe a day before his 80th birthday during a special pre-game ceremony prior to the start of Sunday’s 1-0 overtime win over Nashville.

Franzen has appeared in 69 games this season, collecting 36 points (26 goals, 10 assists) with a team-leading eight game-winning goals.

The Red Wings went 10-2-1 in March, improving their NHL-best record to 52-20-7 for 111 points as they look to win an unprecidented sixth Presidents’ Trophy.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury were named First Star and Second Star, respectively, by the NHL on Tuesday.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
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12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
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J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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