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Franzen gets five to lead Wings past Senators

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Johan Franzen probably wishes the Detroit Red Wings would come to Ottawa more often.

Franzen became the first player in the NHL this season to score five goals as he led the Wings to a 7-5 victory against the Senators on Wednesday night in their first visit to Scotiabank Place since October 2008.

"I've only been in here twice I think, but I scored two goals the last time I was here," Franzen said. "I like this building."

Franzen became the first NHL player to score five times in a game since Marian Gaborik, then with the Minnesota Wild, did it against the New York Rangers on Dec. 20, 2007. Before that, the last five-goal scorer was Detroit's Sergei Fedorov on Dec. 26, 1996.

"Guys were setting me up all night," Franzen said. "Hank (Zetterberg) and Bert (Bertuzzi) didn't want to shoot it themselves, they were just trying to set me up."

Franzen put Detroit ahead to stay with his fourth of the night, beating Brian Elliott during a 5-on-3 power play at 7:10 of the third period.

The Senators appeared to tie the game with just under eight minutes remaining, but the goal was disallowed on the ice and the call was upheld upon further review. Franzen then capped his big night by hitting the empty net with 35 seconds remaining. He joined Willy Lindstrom and Mats Sundin as the only Swedes in NHL history to score five in a game, and Syd Howe and Fedorov as the only Wings to do so.

Franzen's big night helped send the Senators to their eighth consecutive loss. Ottawa is 1-10-4 in its last 15 games and hasn't won at home since beating Pittsburgh on Dec. 26. Ottawa's 0-6-2 home losing streak is its longest such run since going 0-7-1 from Jan. 31 to March 2, 1996.

"It's very frustrating," Sens coach Cory Clouston said. "I thought our guys played hard and did a lot of good things out there. We talked a lot about creating offense and putting pucks to the net, and I thought we did a lot of good things in that department as well."

Ottawa got off to a fast start when Alexei Kovalev scored a power-play goal 1:15 into the game. But Franzen tied it at 6:52, beating rookie goalie Robin Lehner from the slot, then did it again at 7:40 to give the Wings a 2-1 lead.
That lead lasted exactly one minute before Peter Regin scored his second of the season to tie it. Defenseman Chris Campoli put Ottawa ahead at 11:12.

Detroit grabbed the lead and knocked out Lehner by scoring twice in 13 seconds midway through the second period. Kris Draper got his fifth of the season at 10:36, putting in a rebound after Lehner stopped him twice, and Niklas Kronwall drilled home a shot from the blue line to put the Wings back in front and send Lehner to the bench in favor of Elliott.

The goaltending change appeared to energize the Senators, who needed less than a minute to tie the game. Milan Michalek swept across the front of the net, had his first shot stopped by Jimmy Howard but put in his own rebound from a bad angle to tie the game at 11:12.

"It wasn't based on anything other than to break up momentum," Clouston said when asked why he made the goaltending change. , We got the goal we wanted. We got the momentum back on our side, quickly and we got two or three good opportunities after that.

"(Lehner) was having a tough time with rebounds, and we weren't give him the support in the defensive zone. We needed to do something, and it worked."

Franzen completed his hat trick by scoring a power-play goal 30 seconds into the third period, beating Elliott to the short side. But that margin didn't last long either -- Michalek beat Howard 29 seconds later to make it 5-5.

"We have to take confidence from the good things we did offensively into our next game (against the Islanders on Saturday)," Clouston said.

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report.
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