Gotta give major props to the big Swede, Johan Franzen. He only lit the lamp FIVE times last night in the Red Wings win over Ottawa. Nice way to kick off the second half of the season. First ever career regular season hat trick. First Wing to score five since Fedorov in ’96. You can go here to see his complete stats history.

He just keeps getting better and better and he’s still only 31 years old. Last year he scored four in a game and had a fifth taken away by the official scorer so he’s not a one trick pony. He’s nicknamed “the mule” and for good reason. Steve Yzerman tagged him with that moniker in 2005 when he saw firsthand just how big and strong he was. So don’t feel bad if you missed it last night. Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of his highlight reel.