Enter Johan Franzen, who now has 7 goals in 8 playoff games after game two against Colorado, a game where the player affectionately known as Mule scored a hat trick.
Kudos to those who drafted Johan Franzen in your hockey pool. I say that because Franzen really shouldn't have been such a surprise scorer. At least not if you had properly done your homework.
Franzen did score 27 goals in 72 games this past season. If you felt the Wings were going to go a long ways this spring, you likely were looking at Franzen as an inclusion anyways.
But a closer look suggests Franzen should have been a priority pick. Including today's game, Franzen is hockey's hottest scorer. Going back into regular season play, Franzen now has 22 goals in his last 24 games.
"The puck keeps coming to me in front of the net," said Franzen, after his two goals and an assist performance in Game 1 against the Colorado Avalanche. "I seem to be getting extra pokes at the puck and I just happen to be putting it in the net. You feel it (confidence). You feel you've scored before, so you can do it."Here is a great biographical article on Johan Franzen's career thus far.