The starting time was pushed back 15 minutes because heavy rain closed down runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, causing the Red Wings' flight to be delayed. They didn't arrive at the rink until an hour before game time.
The Red Wings came out as if they were well-rested, jumping out to a 3-0 first period lead. Franzen opened the scoring on Detroit's first shot on goal at 3:04. Later, Chelios and Datsyuk scored on the power play.
Pavel Dmitra gave the fans at Xcel Energy Center brief hope when he backhanded a shot past Jimmy Howard at 5:44 of the second period to make it 3-1. But Aaron Downey answered a minute later and Detroit was never challenged the rest of the night.
Brent Sopel and Franzen added goals 52 seconds apart midway in the third period to put the game out of reach.
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Arena: Xcel Energy Center Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Johan Franzen Assist: Tomas Holmstrom, Pavel Datsyuk
Chris Chelios (power play --Unassisted) Unassisted
Pavel Datsyuk (power play) Assist: Tomas Holmstrom, Chris Chelios
Pavol Demitra Assist: Matt Foy, Erik Reitz
Aaron Downey Assist: Igor Grigorenko, Mark Cullen
Brent Sopel Assist: Johan Franzen
Johan Franzen Assist: Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Holmstrom