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If the nickname fits: Red Wings call Johan Franzen "Mule"

Updated: April 25, 2008, 5:55 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- As a rookie in 2005, Johan Franzen whizzed past Steve Yzerman on the ice.

A nickname was born.

Mule.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Swede showed he's more than just big when he scored twice and had an assist to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 series-opening win over the Colorado Avalanche.

"He's big and strong and he reminded me of a mule that day," Yzerman recalled Friday. "His offensive game really started to show up last year and now that his confidence has ...

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