Franzen Lifts Wings Past Predators

Osgood shows coach's decision to switch goalies is OK
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2008 12:04 AM CDT
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55), left, of Sweden, and winger Mikael Samuelsson (37), right, of Sweden, celebrate center a goal by Valtteri Filppula (51), of Finland, during the first...   (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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(Newser) – Johan Franzen scored 1:48 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators and a 3-2 lead in their first-round series. Valtteri Filppula, who scored Detroit's first goal, poked the puck away and Franzen ended up with it and beat Dan Ellis with a backhander.

Osgood turned away 20 of the 21 he faced in regulation and validated Detroit coach Mike Babcock's decision to start him over Dominik Hasek. Game 6 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Nashville.  The Predators, who have lost all 10 postseason road games in franchise history, need to beat Detroit at home and as visitors in Game 7 to advance on Sunday.