"I don't expect to score that much the rest of the playoffs," Franzen said after his second hat trick against Colorado helped eliminate the Avalanche in four games in an 8-2 victory Thursday night. "I only hope I can contribute something offensively."
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg with 13 points apiece have dominated play at both ends of the ice with obvious talent and subtle grit.
"Pavel  and Hank  are superstars in the league at the perfect age, in their prime," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Detroit's smothering defense is led by five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom.
Chris Osgood is 6-0 with a 1.52 goals-against average as a starter since replacing Dominik Hasek in the first round against Nashville.
"We might be better," said Babcock, when asked to compare this year's 54-game winner with last year's team, which won 50 but was eliminated in the Western Conference finals by Anaheim. "We're going to find out."
Minnesota Wild star Marian Gaborik had minor arthroscopic surgery on his right hip yesterday to relieve "irritation" that he said had bothered him for most of the season. The team expects Gaborik to be ready for training camp. *