Friday, May 02, 2008

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.
And this year's John Druce is...

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.



At 3:01 p.m., May 02, 2008, Blogger Marchantfan said...

Who has two thumbs, Franzen in their playoff pool, and a pancake addiction?

This guy!

At 3:02 p.m., May 02, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

You, sir, are smarter than me. I have Dan Cleary and Dom Hasek.

At 3:07 p.m., May 02, 2008, Anonymous vadim sharifijanov said...

franzen also had 15 goals in his last 16 regular season games, so this wasn't completely unprecedented. like many others , though, i figured that holmstrom's return would mean less quality ice time (particularly on the pp) for franzen.

At 3:19 p.m., May 02, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

I can't believe I made 7 other picks before picking him in my pool. lol

At 4:16 p.m., May 02, 2008, Blogger Sean said...

Franzen actually looks like he could continue this into next year. Players like Gelinas and Pisani you knew were overacheiving but Franzen seems different. Looking good for next year at 1.1. Friggin Detroit also has Zetterberg for like 2.8. **** **** ****

At 4:24 p.m., May 02, 2008, Blogger Hallock said...

I was stunned watching the game last night, but I think he's right he got a few a bit easier than the others. It'll be a difficult pace to keep up though that's for sure.

Hopefully he doesn't cool off next round and leave a void of goals the Red Wings need to fill.

At 10:28 p.m., May 02, 2008, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Hopefully he doesn't cool off next round and leave a void of goals the Red Wings need to fill.

Well, the other Swedes totaled eight goals in the series, so it's not like no one else was scoring.


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