The Detroit Red Wings were without their top gun for Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, as centre Johan Franzen is out of the lineup with concussion-like symptoms.
The team made the announcement prior to the pre-game skate for Game 2, and added that he will not play until further testing and evaluation is completed. Franzen, who has been experiencing recurring headaches since early in the conference semifinals against the Colorado Avalanche, will remain in Detroit to undergo testing on Monday.
"It caught everybody by surprise, I don't know if anyone really knew what was going on," said Red Wings' Darren Helm to the CBC on Saturday night.
Franzen leads all playoff scorers with 12 goals and is tied for second in postseason scoring with 15 points.
He has 27 goals in 27 games since March 2, including the 12 in his team's 11 playoff games.
The six-foot-three Swede has scored in each of the last five games. His goal during a 4-1 win over the Stars on Thursday gave him a share of the club record with Gordie Howe, who went five in a row in 1949 and in 1964, and with Ted Lindsay, who did it in 1952. He'd already broken a long-standing Howe record for most goals in a four-game series by potting nine in a second-round sweep of Colorado.