NHL: Detroit 5, Columbus 2

Oct. 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM

DETROIT, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Johan Franzen scored two first-period power-play goals Friday to send Detroit to a 5-2 win over Columbus that kept the Red Wings unbeaten.

Detroit has opened the season with a 5-0 record and has outscored the opposition 18-7. Washington is the only other team in the NHL without a loss this season.

Columbus remained the lone winless team in the league, falling to 0-6-1.

Franzen scored his third and fourth goals of the season 5:18 apart during the middle portion of the opening period.

Columbus twice closed within one goal, but could never get the game tied. Nicklas Lidstrom gave Detroit a 4-2 lead with another power-play goal 7:46 into the third period and Valtteri Filppula scored into an empty net with 1:27 remaining.

Jimmy Howard, who has been in goal for four of Detroit's five victories, made 29 saves.

Steve Mason stopped 28-of-32 shots in taking the loss.

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