An unexpected group made Red Wings unbeatable in playoffs
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen's reportedly was suffering mysterious headaches and missed six games playoffs games because he had a subdural hematoma, more commonly known as a bruise inside his head, according to the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press.
Franzen led the league with 12 playoff goals, but apparently was hurt during the Wings' Western Conference semifinals sweep of the rival Colorado Avalanche.
"I had a collection of blood, it was not in the brain, but between the skull and the brain," Franzen told the Free Press on Saturday.
"It self-absorbed between two and three weeks," Franzen added. "It was a little bit scary. I couldn't do anything because that would have been dangerous."
Franzen overcame headaches to play in Game 1 of the conference finals against the Dallas Stars, but was scratched for the next six games, and did not return until Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team's official explanation was that Franzen was suffering from concussion-like symptoms. But an MRI exam revealed the clot.
"It's not going to affect him long-term," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit News. "Basically, in effect, it's a bruise. It's like when you get hit on a part of your body."
CSN: The Blackhawks' Stanley Cup hopes will soon be extinguished if they can't fix their struggling power play.
CSN: The Blackhawks have a plethora of dangerous attacking options -- all of whom have been shut down by the harrassing Bruins defense.
Stanley Cup surprises
Wings’ Franzen emerged as an unlikely playoff hero. A look at previous breakthrough performances.
Video: NHL from NBC Sports
Rask credits a team effort on defense
Without the need for an overtime period, the Bruins won Game 3 over the Blackhawks, 2-0. Bruins coach Claude Julien credits Tuukka Rask for his preparation and extreme focus, while Rask appreciates the guys in front of him covering their ice and blocking shots.
Check out photos from the Kings' Stanley Cup victory parade in LA.
Stanley Cup playoffs
Check out photos from the NHL postseason action.
Stanley Cup winners
A look at the teams that have earned the right to hoist Lord Stanley's prize since 1965.
Some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities take in NHL games.
Check out the ice girls from around the National Hockey League.