Red Wings sweep Avs 8-2 |

Red Wings sweep Avs 8-2

Detroit Red Wings center Johan Franzen, right, of Sweden celebrates his hat trick goal as Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj slumps in the net during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL Western Conference semifinal hockey playoff series in Denver, Thursday, May 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER ” Johan Franzen’s second hat trick in three games fueled the Detroit Red Wings’ 8-2 rout Thursday night that completed a sweep of the injury-riddled Colorado Avalanche.

Franzen’s nine goals in this series matched Colorado’s total.

In his first taste of the bitter rivalry, Franzen was simply too dominant to experience the bad blood that usually boils this time of year between the teams.

The “Mule” scored on a breakaway in the first period and added a short-handed backhander and a redirection into the net in the second, when the Red Wings scored four times to take a 7-1 lead.

The Red Wings advance to the Western Conference finals against the winner of the Dallas-San Jose series which the Stars lead 3-1.

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