The Mule's milestones
Franzen produced his second hat trick in three games to net nine goals for the series, topping Gordie Howe’s record of seven goals in one playoff series set over seven games against Montreal in 1949.
“Every time you get mentioned the same time as him it’s just a great honor,” Franzen said. “I feel really lucky right now. Today, they kind of gave up, I think, after 4-1, so we got a couple of freebies there. But we played real good, every game I think we worked hard for each other and scored on our chances.”
Franzen also set a franchise record with 11 playoff goals in one year.
The record for most goals in a postseason is 19, and Franzen could have as many as 14 more games to pot another eight goals to reach that mark. Still, that's a tall task for a guy who had never had more than 12 in a regular season before this year.
I find it hard to believe no Red Wing had ever scored 11 in a playoff run, but Hockey-Reference backs that up. Franzen is the 102nd NHLer to hit that mark, but the 15-goal barrier has only been broken 19 times and there's a lot of hockey left.
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