Notes and quotes from the Detroit Red Wings' 2-1 overtime loss Sunday to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center:
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen scored his first goal of the season, firing in the rebound of a shot by Damien Brunner at 4:30 of the third period. It enabled his club to salvage a point.
Franzen avoided injury when he was inadvertently speared in the sternum by Dave Bolland during a five-on-three Detroit power play in the second period. Franzen crumbled to the ice in pain, resulting in a stoppage in play when his team was pressing for the tying goal.
He went to the bench to gather himself and returned for his next shift.
"I lost my breath. It floored me right away, I couldn't move,'' Franzen said. "It only takes a couple of minutes and then you're back to normal again.''
The Red Wings need Franzen, who's been inconsistent the past couple of seasons, to be a top-notch power forward and contribute around 30 goals.
"It was good to see him come back after that,'' Henrik Zetterberg said. "It's always good to get the first one out of the way.''
"I thought Mule played good, but I thought we had lots of good players,'' coach Mike Babcock said. "(Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson) coming back really helped us out. I thought (Brendan) Smith was excellent. (Justin Abdelkader's) line (with Jordin Tootoo and Drew Miller) was real good. When you lose Helmer you're thinking how's this going to go. I thought (Abdelkader's) line might have been one of our best lines because it was physical.''
Red Wings' Johan Franzen recovers from spearing, scores first goal; Brendan Smith praised
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