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Franzen ties playoff record with four-point first period


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Franzen ties playoff record with four-point first period
Detroit's Johan Franzen scored three goals in a span of 3:26 in the first period against San Jose on Thursday night on the way to matching the Stanley Cup record for most points in a period.

Franzen scored at 7:50, 10:44 and 11:16 of the first period against Sharks' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. He originally was credited with Detroit's first goal at 5:40, but a scoring change during the first intermission gave the goal to Todd Bertuzzi, with Franzen getting an assist.

That made Franzen the 13th player in NHL history to score four points in one period of a playoff game -- it's been done 14 times, twice by Mario Lemieux. The last player to do it was Dallas' Brad Richards, who had a goal and three assists in the third period of a 5-2 win over San Jose on April 27, 2008.

Franzen, who extended his playoff scoring streak to 11 games, got his fourth of the night during a third-period power play, making him the first player to score four times in a
playoff game since Anaheim's Joffrey Lupul, who scored all of his team's goals in the Ducks' 4-3 overtime win over Edmonton on May 9, 2006.

Franzen finished the night with 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points, the most by a Red Wing in their playoff history.

Only two players have ever scored four goals in a period. Philadelphia's Tim Kerr scored four consecutive goals in a span of 8:16 in the second period of the Flyers' 6-5 win over the New York Rangers on April 13, 1985. Kerr scored at 10:06, 14:58, 16:42 and 18:22 against New York's Glen Hanlon.

Kerr's three goals in 3:24 are the fastest in playoff history; he did it two seconds faster than Franzen.

Lemieux scored at 2:15, 3:45, 6:55 and 17:09 of the first period against Ron Hextall in Pittsburgh's 10-7 win over Philadelphia on April 25, 1989. Lemieux added another goal and a trio of assists for an eight-point night, matching the single-game mark set by New Jersey's Patrick Sundstrom on April 22, 1988.
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