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|NHL Wrapup -- 5/6/10
|UNDATED (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings managed to avoid playoff elimination Thursday night, thanks to a five-goal first period that included a hat trick by forward Johan Franzen.
Franzen finished with four goals and two assists as the Wings took Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series, blasting San Jose 7-1. He was originally credited with the Red Wings' first four goals, which would have tied an NHL playoff record for a single period. Instead, he settled for the team record for points in a postseason game.
The Sharks can still wrap up the series Saturday in San Jose.
Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens were able to square their Eastern Conference semifinal series at two games apiece with a comeback win against Pittsburgh.
The Habs trailed 2-1 until Maxim Lapierre and Brian Gionta scored 93 seconds apart early in the third period to lead a 3-2 triumph over the Penguins.
Jaroslav Halak turned back 33 shots and was perfect after Maxime Talbot and Chris Kunitz scored 1:51 apart early in the contest. Halak kept the Canadiens in the game while they were being outshot 25-9 over the first two periods.
The series shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday.
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