Franzen's star burns bright

BY foxsports • February 7, 2011

By DANA WAKIJI
FOX Sports Detroit

Feb. 7, 2011


The Mule is a star -- first star, to be precise.

Johan Franzen, who became the first player to score five goals in a game since Minnesota's Marian Gaborik did so Dec. 20, 2007, was named the NHL's first star of the week.

Franzen scored five times in the Red Wings' 7-5 victory in Ottawa -- twice in the first period and three times in the third. His third goal snapped the 4-4 tie, his fourth was the game-winning goal and the fifth was the empty-net, insurance goal.

Franzen is not the only Red Wing to score five goals in a game. Sergei Fedorov accomplished that feat on Dec. 26, 1996.

Franzen had 10 shots in the game, six more than any other player, and finished with a plus-3 rating.

The 31-year-old power forward has 26 goals and 15 assists in 51 games this season.

The second star of the week was former Wing Mikael Samuelsson, who had six points (two goals, four assists) in three games as the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks extended their winning streak to five games.

Samuelsson is currently fourth on the Canucks in scoring with 11 goals and 22 assists in 52 games.

The third star of the week was Anaheim's Corey Perry, who had three goals and two assists.


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