Wings Rally For First Win Of The Season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) -- Johan Franzen scored two goals in the third period to rally the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Franzen tied it at 2 with a goal off a quick transition 11:16 into the third before scoring the winner with 1:17 remaining.
His second goal came on a shot from the right side that Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber partially stopped, only to watch the puck trickle into the net inside the left post.
Valteri Filppula also scored for the Red Wings, who lost 3-2 to Toronto in their home opener Thursday.
Nick Foligno scored an unassisted goal with 1:59 left in the second period to put Ottawa up 2-1.
Alexandre Picard also scored for the Senators, who lost their official home opener after claiming three of a possible four points (1-0-1) in its season-opening two-game series against Pittsburgh last weekend in Stockholm.
Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom initiated the scoring play that led to the tying goal midway through the third with a pass to Henrik Zetterberg, who tipped the puck ahead. Franzen gathered the pass and drove down the left side, beating Gerber with a wrist shot into the top right corner from the left faceoff circle.
Foligno, the son of former NHL star Mike Foligno, staked Ottawa to a lead late in the second when he skated to the net and put the puck past Detroit goalie Chris Osgood for his first goal of the season, despite being checked by Niklas Kronwall and Filppula.
Dany Heatley wore the "C" as the Senators' acting captain with Daniel Alfredsson out of the lineup. Heatley drew an assist on Picard's power-play goal 6:22 in.
Alfredsson, who had two assists in Ottawa's season-opening series last weekend in his native Sweden, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday to remove a bone chip that became dislodged. He is expected to miss two weeks.
Gerber stuck out his right pad to deny Zetterberg 4 minutes in as Detroit outshot Ottawa 7-1 in the early going.
The Senators broke through on a 5-on-3 after Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja was sent off for high sticking at 5:38 with Daniel Cleary already in the penalty box.
Picard drove a slap shot past Osgood from the right point past 6:22 return pass from Kuba on Ottawa's third shot -- second of the 5-on-3.
Filpulla tied it with his first goal at 11:01. The Finnish forward took Mikael Samuelsson's crossing pass on a 3-on-2 and beat Gerber from the left side of the slot with a shot inside the right post.


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