DENVER CO - JANUARY 10: Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 10 2011 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Johan Franzen's Five Goals Overshadow Rick DiPietro's Embarrassing Night

Rick DiPietro got punched in the face last night, but luckily, Johan Franzen put up five goals against Ottawa to overshadow a rough night for the Islanders goaltender.

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Red Wings Vs. Senators: Johan Franzen Scores Five Goals In Memorable Detroit Win

I vividly remember December 28, 1996 for some reason. I was sitting in my living room watching SportsCenter, back in a time when they actually gave hockey the time of day it deserves, with the Christmas tree blinking in the periphery, and on came the highlights of a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Washington Capitals. 

I guess I remember it because I thought scoring five goals in a game was just so fantastic, and that's what Sergei Fedorov did that night. In fact, he scored all five Red Wings goals in a 5-4 overtime win. Since then, it's a feat that's only happened twice -- once in 2007 by Marian Gaborik and once last night, as the Johan Franzen potted five to pace the Wings to a 7-5 win over Ottawa.

Alex Kovalev opened the scoring early for the Senators, but it wasn't long before the game became the Franzen show. About six minutes after Kovalev's tally, Franzen tied the score, and then less than a minute later he gave Detroit a lead. Detroit lost the lead for a bit, but by the end of the second period, thanks to goals from Kris Draper and Niklas Kronwall, the score was knotted a 4-4.

Then, Franzen really took over. He scored 30 seconds in to the third period to give his team another lead, and he scored two more in the final 20 minutes to give his team the victory. Jimmy Howard made 29 saves on 34 saves, while Robin Lehner and Brian Elliott shared the getting-embarrassed-by-Franzen duties.

Remember last night's display from The Mule, because it doesn't happen often. 


Islanders Vs. Penguins: Brent Johnson's 'Shutout', Goalie Fight Power Pittsburgh To Victory

It doesn't matter what happened in last night Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders game for one reason that you're already aware of -- GOALIE FIGHT!

Unfortunately for Brent Johnson, that fight cost him a shutout, which he was just 16.5 seconds away from putting up when Rick DiPietro challenged him to skate down the ice. Then again, my gut says he'll take it.

All the rough stuff started with a shoulder-to-shoulder hit from Max Talbot on Blake Comeau in the first period, in which Isles tough guy Zenon Kenopka somehow received the only penalty minutes. I'll refrain from editorializing that one too much, but I will let out Islanders blog, Lighthouse Hockey, take care of those duties:

The Islanders didn't do a lot of standing up for themselves to respond to the Penguins' on-the-edge physicality. It didn't help that when they did early on, in response to Maxim Talbot's late hit on Blake Comeau, somehow Konopka walked away with a double-minor while Michael Rupp got only two minutes. (Via Katie Strang: Capuano said official told him Konopka was chattering and was late coming off the bench." Now that's quality officiating.)    

In favor of balance, Pensburgh simply cites some "solid hits" from Talbot, among others. 

Back to the hockey, or at least the obligatory mention of the result: The 3-0 win pulls the Penguins within just one point of the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers, although Philly does have one game in hand there. Tyler Kennedy, Max Talbot and Chris Kunitz scored for the Pens as they improved to 7-3-1 without their captain, No. 87 Sidney Crosby. 

Johnson made 20 saves in the, uh, not-shutout bid. 


Panthers Vs. Canadiens: Brian Gionta Does It Again, Montreal Comes Back For 3-2 Win

For the second night in a row, Brian Gionta scored the game-winning goal as the Montreal Canadiens capped a comeback effort with two points. Tuesday night it came against the Washington Capitals, and last night it came against the Florida Panthers by a score of 3-2

Scott Timmins opened the scoring with his first NHL goal, but 4:50 into the second period, Jeff Halpern's eighth of the season tied the score. Tomas Plekanec and Gionta added third period marks as the Habs passed the New York Rangers into sixth place in the East.

Adding injury to insult for the Panthers, the team's single All-Star rep, Evgeny Dadonov, suffered a broken finger in the first period. According to the Miami Herald, he could miss some substantial time, and it goes without saying that would be bad for Florida. 

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Vancouver 6, Phoenix 0: Okay, we get it. The Canucks are good. Ryan Kesler scored twice, Roberto Luongo made 23 saves and the 'Nucks added to their NHL-best record with yet another win. The Canucks have points in all but three games since the last week in November. That's a good way to win the Presidents' Trophy.

Los Angeles 3, Edmonton 1: The Oilers aren't good at a lot of things, the penalty kill being one of them. The Kings scored twice on the power play, both off the stick of former Oiler Ryan Smyth, en route to the 3-1 victory. Jon Quick made 32 saves while Nikolai Khabibulin continued an unbelievable stretch of 12 straight games without a point. 

San Jose 4, Anaheim 3: When you score three goals in the first 12 minutes of a game to take a 3-0 lead, you should probably have things wrapped up pretty well. The Sharks jumped out to that lead on Wednesday night but slowly let their in-state rival Ducks back into the game as the evening progressed.

Joffrey Lupul, Cam Fowler and Bobby Ryan pulled Anaheim within one with about 15 minutes left in the third, but Antti Niemi held his ground and the Sharks passed the Ducks in the Western Conference standings as a result. They're currently tied with 60 points, but Anaheim has played one extra game. 

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