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Franzen's hat trick powers Red Wings past Senators

by Sean Farrell

OTTAWA -- Johan Franzen has a nose for the net at Canadian Tire Centre.

Franzen scored his sixth career hat trick, and Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco each had a goal and an assist to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

Riley Sheahan scored the first of four Detroit goals in the first period. Niklas Kronwall had three assists, and Gustav Nyquist had two.

"I like playing here," said Franzen, who has nine goals in his past three visits to Ottawa. "You've got Erik Karlsson on the other side, and we grew up in the same little town, and it's always fun to come in and play him, you know, it's something special every time, but I'm just happy that we could keep him from the scoreboard."

Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves for the Red Wings, who beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in overtime Wednesday in their first game following the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

"I didn't think we played very good, but we were able to capitalize on our chances," Kronwall said. "Monster came up huge for us in net, and we scored pretty much on the chances that we had."

Pavel Datsyuk, who is playing through a knee injury, sat out the third period. The Red Wings said it was for precautionary reasons.

"I don't even know," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "(Red Wings head athletic therapist) Piet (Van Zant) just told me he wasn't playing in the third."

Bobby Ryan scored for Ottawa in the Senators' first game since the break. Robin Lehner stopped 9 of 15 shots before he was pulled after Detroit's sixth goal.

"We made some mistakes, and I wasn't there to back it up," Lehner said.

Andrew Hammond made his NHL debut when he came on to replace Lehner after Tatar scored at 5:04 to restore Detroit's five-goal lead at 6-1. Hammond, who made 11 saves, was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

"Any kid from Canada growing up playing hockey, it's their dream to play in the NHL, and it's pretty special for me to be one of those guys that's lucky enough now to say I've played in the NHL," Hammond said.

Ottawa, which lost 7-2 to the Boston Bruins on Feb. 8 in its final game before the Olympic break, will face the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place to begin a four-game road trip.

"I think they're different games," Senators captain Jason Spezza said. "I think the Boston game, I thought we were outclassed the whole way. I think tonight, they were very opportunistic, and then once they were up four, it's tough to play. They fall back and we try to make plays, but there's no doubt they're both big losses, and both games we can't have happen."

Sheahan took advantage of a turnover by Cody Ceci in the Senators' zone to open the scoring. The Ottawa rookie put a backhand pass directly onto the stick of Sheahan, who beat Lehner at 10:59.

Public address announcer Stuart Schwartz was still announcing Sheahan's goal when Franzen scored 29 seconds later to make it 2-0 at 11:28. Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson set up Franzen's second goal of the game on a power play at 13:27, and Jurco scored the Red Wings' fourth goal of the period at 18:00.

"Things certainly didn't go our way," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "I thought at the start of the game we were … the start was good, I thought we came out and got started, but we turned the puck over four times in the first period, and they put it in our net all four times (and) the game's over."

Franzen, who has five points in two games after missing 22 of 23 games prior to the Olympic break because of a concussion, made it 5-0 with his third goal of the game at 3:49 of the second. He nearly added a fourth, putting a shot off the right post in the third.

Franzen scored five goals in Detroit's 7-5 win in Ottawa on Feb. 2, 2011.

He and Senators right wing Chris Neil were given 10-minute misconduct penalties following a skirmish at 14:05 of the third. Neil was also given minors for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct.

"He tried to hit me and he couldn't move me, so I think he got a little upset," Franzen said. "I don't know; I have no clue."

Ryan got the Senators on the board to make it 5-1 at 4:19 of the second with his team-leading 22nd goal after having a goal disallowed in the first. A video review upheld referee Dave Jackson's ruling that the Senators right wing kicked the puck into the net at 3:04 of the opening period.

Babcock elected to leave Todd Bertuzzi out of the lineup for the second of back-to-back games. The veteran forward scored his first goal since Dec. 10 on Wednesday in his return to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch for eight games in a row prior to the Olympic break.

The Red Wings are off until Tuesday, when they face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center in Newark.

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