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By Jeff Ritter, SI.com

1. Johan Franzen, Red Wings: These teams have a history of hostility, and for now it's the Mule who's getting his kicks. Continuing the most productive stretch of his career, Franzen followed a two-goal effort in the series opener with a Saturday hat trick. How hot is Franzen? He now has 22 goals in his last 24 games, and three of his team-leading seven playoff goals have been game-winners. Avs coach Joel Quenneville glumly summed it up: "Everything he touches seems to be going in." Look out for a stampede of Sunday headlines with creative spins on Franzen's nickname. For the record, we're partial to Don't Feed the Mules.

2. Chris Osgood, Red Wings: You could make a case for several Detroit defensemen after the unit held Colorado to a paltry 10 shots through two periods. But as the final line of resistance, Osgood made several big stops and kept Colorado mostly at bay in the frenetic final stanza, when the Wings became slightly unfocused in taking four penalties. Coach Mike Babcock must be feeling pretty good about making that first-round goalie switch. Osgood is now 4-0 this postseason.

3. Martin Biron, Flyers: His teammate R.J. Umberger scored two key goals, but it was Biron's steady play in net that allowed the Flyers to win a game where most of the energy and effort belonged to the other side. Even the most casual hockey fan knows that a hot goalie can be the X-factor in a playoff series. The Flyers were clearly outplayed throughout Game 2 -- and outshot 36-23 -- but Biron was the difference. With a capital X.

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