Detroit Red Wings Stay Alive and Make Franchise History

Jimmy SordylContributor IMay 6, 2010

DETROIT - MAY 06: Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates with the bench after his third period and fourth goal of the game while playing the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2010 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After falling behind in the series 3-0, the Detroit Red Wings showed that it was still alive for now after Game 4

Johan Franzen led the Wings with four goals and two assists as they routed the San Jose Sharks 7-1, setting two franchise records: playing the greatest play-off outing in franchise history and passing the team playoff record of five points that had been tied by Wing legends Steve Yzerman and Norm Ullman

Along with the two records Franzen set he also tied with nine other players for third most amount of points in NHL History with six.

Before the game, the Wings players have stated that they believe they could make history and come back to win this series after falling behind 3-0. With tonight's performance should we doubt them?

Johan's performance has came at a time when it was needed most, and the Wings have now outscored their opponents in elimination games in the 2010 playoffs 13-2.

Things have taken an interesting turn for Game Five in San Jose, and if the Detroit plays like they did tonight, they may join the 1942 Toronto Mapleleafs and 1975 New York Islanders as the only teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

Game notes:Todd Bertuzzi, Valttteri Filppula, and Brian Rafalski were credited with the other three goals, while Jimmy Howard let one goal in 29 attempts.