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Detroit Red Wing Johan Franzen out with torn ACL

He is expected to be out for at least 4 months. From AP-

Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for at least four months, the team announced Friday.

Franzen was injured in Thursday night’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, a game in which Franzen scored the game-winning goal during the second period.

“It’s a huge impact because he’s a huge player for us,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told’s Pierre LeBrun on Friday. “But like I always say when things don’t look good, we just have to find a way. Somebody will get an opportunity now.”

It wasn’t clear from the Wings’ announcement at what point in the game Franzen was hurt.

Franzen, a native of Vetlanda, Sweden, was Detroit’s second-leading scorer last season with 34 goals as the Wings’ back-to-back Stanley Cup bid was thwarted in seven games by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Right winger Marian Hossa had 40 goals.

The loss of Franzen, who has played his entire NHL career with Detroit, is a big blow for the Red Wing’s chances to three peat as Western Conference Champs. I wouldn’t be surprised if another Western team, particularly San Jose, Chicago, or dark horse Columbus, makes it to the Stanley Cup finals.

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