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Friday, October 15, 2010
Wings not happy with Fistric hit on Franzen

By Mark Stepneski

The Detroit Red Wings are not happy with the hit by Stars defenseman Mark Fistric that took Johan Franzen out of the game in the first period of  Thursday's 4-1 Dallas win at American Airlines Center.

Fistric hit Franzen in the corner in the Dallas defensive zone with just eight minutes left in the first period of the game. Franzen was down on the ice after the hit, eventually skated slowly off the ice and did not return to the game.

“He threw his elbow out there and hit me in the face,” Franzen told the Detroit Free Press. “It was right in the face, nose, jaw.”

There was no penalty called on the play, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock said he thought Fistric got an elbow up on Franzen.

“I thought the hit on Franzen was an elbow, but the beauty of my situation, unlike the referees on the ice, I have video, so I get to look at it,” Babcock told the Free Press. “The league deals with that stuff, not me.”

Franzen said he suffered a concussion, but Babcock said he wasn't ready to call it a concussion.

Here's video of the hit: