Detroit forward Johan Franzen struggled to score goals through 27 games after he scored five in one game on Feb. 2 against the Ottawa Senators.
The playoffs are a different story.
Franzen has now played 76 playoff games -- nearly a full regular-season equivalent of games -- and added to his numbers with a goal and assist. He now has 36 goals and 70 points in the playoffs with a plus-38 rating.
"You always have something to play for, but it's not the same," he said of the regular season. "We win the games we need to pretty much, but I think lots of guys have been waiting for this night."
[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.
— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday