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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 6, 2010

NHL: Red Wings' Franzen has natural hat trick in 3:26

AP Sports Writer

DETROIT Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will have to settle for a natural hat trick instead of a four-goal first period.

Franzen was originally credited with scoring a playoff record-tying four goals Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks, but had the first one taken away by a scoring change. Franzen finished the period with three goals in a span of 3:26. Todd Bertuzzi earned the one Franzen lost.

Detroit, facing elimination, led 5-0 after the opening frame.

Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux scored four goals in a postseason period en route to an NHL-playoff record five on April 25, 1989, against Philadelphia. Tim Kerr of the Flyers netted four in a period on April 13, 1985, against the New York Rangers.

Franzen's big period put him one goal shy of the Red Wings record for a playoff game. Carl Liscombe scored four to set the mark in 1945, and Ted Lindsay matched it in 1955.