Franzen calls Neil a mock ‘hero’

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was less than impressed by Chris Neil’s late-game assault on him.

Franzen calls Neil a mock ‘hero’
Kyle Quincey (L), Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk celebrate the 5th goal in the 2nd period as the Ottawa Senators take on the Detroit Red Wings in NHL action at Canadian Tire Centre. (Photo by Wayne Cuddington/ Ottawa Citizen)

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen was less than impressed by Chris Neil’s late-game assault on him.

Neil received two minors, a misconduct and wouldn’t let go of Franzen even after officials stepped in.

“I don’t know, he tried to hit me and he couldn’t move me, so he got a little upset” Franzen said. “I don’t know. I have no clue. He usually shows up when the game is over and tries to be the hero. Puts his cape on and goes and flies out there.”

“He doesn’t like to take heat from fans and coaches, he usually steps up when the game is over and shows he really fights hard.”

And then Franzen rolled his eyes.

Neil went after Franzen earlier in the game, perhaps for the sin of scoring three times in a 6-1 Detroit rout, but he was likely also ticked off at Franzen jabbing Senators defenceman Marc Methot with his stick. This appeared to be retaliation for Zack Smith’s sucker punch on Niklas Kronwall.

Head coach Paul MacLean’s explanation?

“That’s hockey. It was nothing.”

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